Let's Hear It for the Boy
Go mental with Yentl this weekend as the Downtown Independent screens everyone's second-favorite Jewish movie musical as part of Outfest's Downtown 30. Thirty years ago, Yentl marked quintuple-threat Streisand's directorial debut. The film also marked the second, and only, time that a supporting actress (Amy Irving) was nominated for both an Oscar and a Razzie. Based on Isaac Bashevis Singer's genre-bending short story and subsequent play, Yentl the Yeshiva Boy, then–41-year-old Streisand plays Yentl, a Jewish girl living in a turn-of-the-century Polish shtetl where the men get to argue about Talmudic law and the women are expected only to tell the difference between a herring and a carp. Her head exploding with knowledge, Yentl and her kindly dad study in secret. After Papa dies, she goes butch and runs off to join a yeshiva. There, she meets Hebraic hottie Avigdor (Mandy Patinkin), who's only got eyes for his submissive bride-to-be, Hadass (Irving). A love triangle ensues, not to mention more than a dozen heartfelt ballads; funny how Patinkin, one of Broadway's greats, won a Tony for Evita just a few years prior, yet Streisand is the only one singing. Still, even movie musical haters have to admit that "Papa, can you hear me?" aside from "People, people who need people" are the five finest and kitschiest words Babs has ever sung. Downtown Independent, 251 S. Main St., dwntwn.; Wed., Jan. 30, 7 p.m.; $10. (213) 617-1033, downtownindependent.com.
Wed., Jan. 30, 7 p.m., 2013
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