A Happy End
by Iddo Netanyahu

Productions (8)
  • Drama
  • 80 - 90 minutes
  • 3 f, 3 m
  • Content Notes: Some mild adult language
  • Set: Minimal.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-68069-029-3

A Happy End
by Iddo Netanyahu

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Productions (8)
  • Drama
  • 80 - 90 minutes
  • 3 f, 3 m
  • Content Notes: Some mild adult language
  • Set: Minimal.

The Erdmanns' life in Berlin is tinged with denial. Not only does acclaimed physicist Mark refuse to admit that his marriage to Leah is coming apart at the seams, but it's also 1932, and the Erdmanns are Jewish. Family friend Dieter urges them to heed the signs of impending danger and leave while they still can, but Leah considers the city's cultural scene -- and her love affair with Dieter -- to be her life. Will the Erdmanns choose to seek an unknown future in America, or will their refusal to see the writing on the wall lead them to stay in Berlin and face certain tragedy?

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The Erdmanns' life in Berlin is tinged with denial. Not only does acclaimed physicist Mark refuse to admit that his marriage to Leah is coming apart at the seams, but it's also 1932, and the Erdmanns are Jewish. Family friend Dieter urges them to heed the signs of impending danger and leave while they still can, but Leah considers the city's cultural scene -- and her love affair with Dieter -- to be her life. Will the Erdmanns choose to seek an unknown future in America, or will their refusal to see the writing on the wall lead them to stay in Berlin and face certain tragedy?

  • Drama
  • 80 - 90 minutes
  • 3 f, 3 m
  • Content Notes: Some mild adult language
  • Set: Minimal.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-68069-029-3

Published Reviews

"When does refusal to face reality turn destructive? How long can we ignore the warning signs of our own demise? A Happy End is an intriguing and sobering tale."

Huffington Post

"By means of a single family, this play describes the life of a whole nation."

Kavkazidom (Russia)

"The best show Tashkent has seen in the last decade... Its theme is of the greatest importance to the entire world. This show proves that the art of theater exists and is alive, and will remain so forever."

Vladimir Ostrovsky, Chairman, Literature Department, National Russian Academic Theater (Uzbekistan)

"Distressing and effective... Any educated person is aware of the monstrosity that was Nazi Germany, yet this play shocks... It takes on a palpable urgency... What ensues is unexpected, or perhaps simply difficult to swallow... A distressing, i.e. successful, play. Zeroing in on a single couple one naively imagines should know better, Iddo Netanyahu involves the audience at a comprehensible scale."

Woman Around Town

"A thought-provoking work that handles its familiar subject matter with great care, a tale that will have you wondering what you would do in a similar situation."

This Week in NY

"When the play ended, there was no applause. The total silence in the audience rang out, so strong was the feeling of currency that the play gave to history... At the St. Petersburg news-conference which ended the festival, the critics and those in attendance gave a standing ovation to the theater troop."

Vesti (Tel-Aviv)

"A play which is very current to our times. I wanted to give a huge thanks to the director, the playwright and the theater for causing me to think over and over how an older person like me has a responsibility to younger people, to tell them that life also contains great evil."

Valeri Podgorodinsky, Theater Critic (Moscow)

Production History

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SEP 06, 2017 - SEP 17, 2017
Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids
Walker, MI United States
Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids Walker, MI United States
NOV 18, 2015 - NOV 18, 2015
Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
Beachwood, OH United States
Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage Beachwood, OH United States
OCT 01, 2015 - JAN 01, 1970
Youth Theatre of Uzbekistan
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Youth Theatre of Uzbekistan Tashkent, Uzbekistan
JUN 01, 2015 - JAN 01, 1970
National Theatre of Macedonia
Bitola, Macedonia
National Theatre of Macedonia Bitola, Macedonia
FEB 27, 2015 - MAR 29, 2015
Abingdon Theatre Company
New York, NY United States
Abingdon Theatre Company New York, NY United States
FEB 01, 2015 - JAN 01, 1970
Maxim Gorky Theatre
Makhachkala, Russia
Maxim Gorky Theatre Makhachkala, Russia
NOV 01, 2014 - JAN 01, 1970
Rose Street Theatre
Kishinev, Moldova
Rose Street Theatre Kishinev, Moldova
AUG 01, 2010 - AUG 31, 2010
Beit Lessin Theatre
Tel Aviv, Israel
Beit Lessin Theatre Tel Aviv, Israel
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NOV 18, 2015 - NOV 18, 2015
Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
Beachwood, OH United States
Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage Beachwood, OH United States
OCT 01, 2015 - JAN 01, 1970
Youth Theatre of Uzbekistan
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Youth Theatre of Uzbekistan Tashkent, Uzbekistan
JUN 01, 2015 - JAN 01, 1970
National Theatre of Macedonia
Bitola, Macedonia
National Theatre of Macedonia Bitola, Macedonia
FEB 27, 2015 - MAR 29, 2015
Abingdon Theatre Company
New York, NY United States
Abingdon Theatre Company New York, NY United States
FEB 01, 2015 - JAN 01, 1970
Maxim Gorky Theatre
Makhachkala, Russia
Maxim Gorky Theatre Makhachkala, Russia
NOV 01, 2014 - JAN 01, 1970
Rose Street Theatre
Kishinev, Moldova
Rose Street Theatre Kishinev, Moldova
AUG 01, 2010 - AUG 31, 2010
Beit Lessin Theatre
Tel Aviv, Israel
Beit Lessin Theatre Tel Aviv, Israel

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