Eccentric Sisters Stir Up Memories of the Holocaust in Oy!
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Helen Cixous is a renowned French writer and feminist, though her plays aren't often performed in the US. In this play, two sisters in their '90s return to their Paris apartment from a visit to Osnabruck in Germany, where they grew up. The town is trying to atone for Nazi sins against the Jews. The women cook dinner and begin talking about the past, telling stories about the suffering of their family and friends--the "things one shouldn't say." Mary Eilen O'Donnell and Jeanette Horn are brilliant in the parts. The play doesn't rise to some rhetorically exuberant denunciation of bigotry and cruelty nor suddenly lay bare dark secrets and long-suppressed rage between the women--in other words, it avoids the usual cliches of two-actor drama. And for that, I was grateful. But it's hard to see why Cixous is telling us these things that are so well known. The play may be her intervention in the revolting Holocaust denial by some in France, but otherwise, despite its dramatic intelligence and nuance and its deep humanity in treating these wounded sisters who nevertheless make a life together, the play didn't really grip me.
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