Irena's Vow, the new Broadway play starring Tovah Feldshuh, will close Sunday, June 28th. Based on the true story of Irena Gut Odpyke, a Polish Catholic woman who helped hide Jews in Germany during World War II, Irena's Vow is definitely a compelling story. Theasy writer Le-Anne saw the show in May...read her review here.
Since I just saw Irena's Vow (better late than never) this post is pretty tardy. But with five remaining performances I think it's worth putting a mention out there for those who might have a chance to see it. Irena's Vow is a sincere and moving portrayal of life in Germany during the Holocaust. Aside from certain shortcomings in the production, the audience leaves with a powerful sense of understanding and enlightenment about that time and about who Irena Gut was. The production, led by the gifted Feldshuh, is inspirational because it is inspired. It's clear that everyone on that stage is there to tell an important story, and a true story at that; they aren't just entertaining an audience of 900 and then collecting a paycheck. Irena's Vow does a great job of preserving a true story and presenting it with integrity and respect.
I can't say I'm that surprised that the production is closing (biographical dramas about World War II don't provide the same summer escapism that other Broadway shows offer). But I do think Irena's Vow holds a solid place in the theatre world and it is certainly worth seeing while you still can. Its message is important and you'll be glad you got to experience this story.
(Irena's Vow plays at the Walter Kerr Theatre, 219 West 48th Street. Remaining performances are Thursday, June 25th at 8pm; Friday, June 26th at 8pm; Saturday, June 27th at 2pm and 8pm; and Sunday, June 28th at 3pm. Tickets are $41 - $98 and student tickets are available at the box office same day for $25. Standing room tickets are also available. For tickets visit telecharge.com and for show info visit irenasvow.com.)