A young woman defies convention and the laws of her people to fulfill her dream. Disguised as a young man, she becomes a brilliant student — and the most wanted bachelor in town. Yentl is a startlingly modern love story, and a smart, witty comedy that will win your heart.

Content Advisory: For Mature Audiences: contains adult themes and nudity.

Yentl

January 10 - February 2, Allen Theatre

Based on Isaac Bashevis Singer's Yentl the Yeshiva Boy
Adapted for the stage by Leah Napolin and
Isaac Bashevis Singer
Directed by Michael Perlman

Runtime:
Act I: 1 hour, 22 minutes
Intermission: 15 minutes
Act II: 55 minutes
Total show time: about 2 1/2 hours

Tickets

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Rebecca Gibel as Yentl in the Cleveland Play House production of Yentl in the Allen Theatre at Playhouse Square, January 10 - February 2. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. From left: Ben Mehl as Avigdor, Drew Derek as Schmuel, Sarah Kinsey as Pesha, Bob Abelman as Rabbi, Donald Carrier as Reb Nata, Dorothy Silver as Yachna, Suzanne Grodner as Frumka, Therese Anderberg as Hadass, Christa Meyers as Nechele, Mitch Greenberg as Reb Alter, Samuel Cohen as Reb Todrus, and Rebecca Gibel as Yentl. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. From left: Suzanne Grodner as Frumka, Dorothy Silver as Yachna, Therese Anderberg as Hadass, Rebecca Gibel as Yentl, Samuel Cohen as Reb Todrus, and Sarah Kinsey as Pesha. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. From left: Rebecca Gibel as Yentl, Samuel Cohen as Reb Todrus, Bonnie Black as Rivka, and TJ Gainley as Lemmel. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. Rebecca Gibel as Yentl. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. From left: Ben Mehl as Avigdor and Rebecca Gibel as Yentl. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. From left: Ben Mehl as Avigdor and Rebecca Gibel as Yentl. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. Ben Mehl as Avigdor and Rebecca Gibel as Yentl. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. Ben Mehl as Avigdor and Rebecca Gibel as Yentl. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. From left: Marc Moritz as Feitl, Drew Derek as Schmuel, Stephen Michael Spencer as Moishe, Ben Mehl as Avigdor, Donald Carrier as Reb Nata, TJ Gainley as Lemmel, Bob Abelman as Rabbi, Bernard Bygott as Fulcha, Sarah Kinsey as Pesha, Bonnie Black as Rivka, Christa Meyers as Nechele, and  Dorothy Silver as Yachna. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. From left:  TJ Gainley as Lemmel, Bernard Bygott as Fulcha, Rebecca Gibel as Yentl, Stephen Michael Spencer as Moishe, and Ben Mehl as Avigdor. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. From left: Bernard Bygott as Fulcha, Donald Carrier as Reb Nata, Mitch Greenberg as Reb Alter, Ben Mehl as Avigdor, Rebecca Gibel as Yentl, TJ Gainley as Lemmel, Bob Abelman as Rabbi, and Drew Derek as Schmuel. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.  From left: Suzanne Grodner as Frumka, Therese Anderberg as Hadass, and Mitch Greenberg as Reb Alter. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.  From left: Dorothy Silver as Yachna and Therese Anderberg as Hadass. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. From left: Dorothy Silver as Yachna, Rebecca Gibel as Yentl, and Ben Mehl as Avigdor. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. From left: Bernard Bygott as Fulcha, Marc Moritz as Feitl, TJ Gainley as Lemmel, Drew Derek as Schmuel, Mitch Greenberg as Reb Alter, Bob Abelman as Rabbi, and Rebecca Gibel as Yentl. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.  From left: Rebecca Gibel as Yentl and Therese Anderberg as Hadass. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. Rebecca Gibel as Yentl and Ben Mehl as Avigdor. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. From left: Mitch Greenberg as Reb Alter, Dorothy Silver as Yachna, Donald Carrier as Reb Nata, Christa Meyers as Nechele, Bernard Bygott as Fulcha, Bob Abelman as Rabbi, TJ Gainley as Lemmel, Drew Derek as Schmuel, Bonnie Black as Rivka, and Sarah Kinsey as Pesha. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. From left: Christa Meyers as Nechele, Dorothy Silver as Yachna, and Bonnie Black as Rivka. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. Rebecca Gibel as Yentl. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. From left: Therese Anderberg as Hadass, Rebecca Gibel as Yentl, and Ben Mehl as Avigdor. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.
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Yentl...is compelling, the staging is inventive, the acting is energetic. This is the kind of more production that keeps me subscribing...I would see this again. I would not hesitate to bring young people not in spite of the nudity but because of it. The joyful depiction of "a young man in full" was perfect. The contrast to the reluctance of Yentl's revelation was perfect too. They nailed it on every level.

- Mati F., Reminderville

Engaging, smart, and incredibly well acted. Yentl left me with plenty to talk about, both more with those who have seen it and those who have not.

- TK, Cleveland, OH

Spellbound! That's what I was when I viewed this performance...The story line was authentic as more well as educational. Different cultures and beliefs have always interested me. Thank you, Cleveland Play House!

- Yvonne, East Cleveland

Attended yesterday's matinee and haven't stopped talking about it since! My friends and I more were completely drawn into the story by the very convincing actors, who seemed perfectly selected for their roles and comfortable telling this tale. I so hope others will attend this production and not be swayed by any negative reviews.

- D.W., Mentor, OH

We just saw Yentl on Saturday night and I really can't say enough about the more production. First, the story itself is a mind-bender and provocative; although set in Poland in 1873, the issues of gender identity, traditional roles for women, same-sex attraction are all very contemporary. The acting was powerful and believable; and the staging was simple, but effective. All and all - an enjoyable evening of theatre. I highly recommend Yentl! Go out with friends and discuss it afterwards. Great food for thought.

- Kathleen R, Bay Village, OH

Energetic, fun-filled, spontaneous. Thoroughly enjoyed the talented actors who were both personable and witty. The more production, exposing the struggles of ordinary as well as brilliant women coming to grips with the resistance of social norms and inequality [is] beautifully demonstrated and noticeably enjoyed by all! Thanks for a great evening!

- Nancy C.K., Cleveland, Ohio

I enjoyed Yentl very much- the acting, music, and the story, of course. The acting more was excellent. I did not like the nudity. It seemed to cheapen the play and seemed so contrived given the culture and time of the play.

- Susan, Shaker Heights

Saw first night performance - acting was superb by everyone in the cast - sometimes more with difficult dialog. Actors were relaxed and friendly before the show in talking with audience members. I found the play to teach lessons while being entertaining at the same time. I did not ever get bored. The main characters carried the play in a phenomenal way.

- sjk, Novelty

Timeless and poignant, the story goes on about those who are still persecuted and unable more to fulfill their dreams.

- Elisa, Solon

It was fantastic. Strongly recommend. Some really great performances.

- Lisa C., Fairview Park

Just very well done from start to finish. The actors played their parts well and more convincingly. More importantly, they carried off a tough message well. Staging was superb and progressive.

- Stan, Shaker Heights

I was wondering how a local theater could tackle this story after Barbra Streisand's rendition. more I was surprised at how well the entire cast, every one, was so true to character. They brought many members of the audience to tears and laughter. That is a great accomplishment for this undertaking.

- E. M., Solon

Despite the very good acting, the full frontal nudity for the audience in the first more three rows was really entirely too, too much.

- SID, Avon Lake

The production was captivating. From the story line to the inspired staging, my mind more and interest was engaged at all times. The play has provided us with many topics of discussion still relevant in today's world. Would happily see this again!

- Sandy, Strongsville

The performers did an outstanding job and it was well staged!

- AW, Solon

Awesome production! Very intimate, made it personal. Riveting performances. Excellent cast!

- Kim T., Akron

What a great, entertaining show! We enjoyed every minute of it. The Allen Theatre is more beautiful and a terrific venue for this play.

- JAG, Strongsville

Excellent performance. I enjoyed it a great deal!

- tk, Beachwood


Yentl...is compelling, the staging is inventive, the acting is energetic. This is the kind...

- Mati F., Reminderville

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