The Immigrant

It’s a curious pick for Most-Produced Play of 1990, yet Mark Harelik’s saga of his Jewish grandparents bewildered arrival and bumpy adaptation in 1909 Texas has taken root first as a play, and now a musical shuffling through the Colony Theatre.  The appeal of Russian emigres Haskell and Leah and their tenuous adoption by a Southern banker and his God-fearing wife is that it’s at once hyper-specific and epically American; Haskell enters selling bananas and exits owning his own grocery store with three strong sons fighting in WWII.  With satisfyingly sing-a-long ballads designed to strike a chord among a nation of immigrants with their own stories to tell.

Originally published in the LA Times

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