J*Company Youth Theatre presents “Yentl” at the David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre, in La Jolla from Dec. 8 – 16. Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays 1 and 4:30 p.m., Thursday at 7 p.m. JCC Box Office: 858-362-1348 or online at: www.sdcjc.org/jcompany
In a time when the world of study belonged only to men, there lived a girl who dared to ask “why.” This is the story of Yentl “the Yeshiva Boy” by Isaac Bashevis Singer (1902–1991). Yentl Mendel is the boyishly klutzy daughter and only child of long widowed Rebbe Mendel, who is a teacher to local boys and secretly to Yentl. When her father dies, Yentl is all alone in the world. She takes the momentous decision to leave the village (disguised as a boy and calling herself by the name of her late brother, Anshel) to seek and get admitted to a Yeshiva, to study the texts, traditions, subtleties and complexities of Torah.
She befriends Avigdor, who is engaged to Haddas, but her family discovers negative things about his past, so they call off the wedding. Anshel then finds himself in the awkward position of being called into service as substitute bridegroom, so that the wedding can go ahead and Haddas will have a husband. After numerous complications the story ends with everybody getting what they always wanted; Haddas and Avigdor to live happily ever after with each other, while Anshel (now Yentl once again) goes off to America to pursue her dream where she will be able to study without needing to hide. The original score brings you such wonderful Barbra classics as: “Papa Can You Hear Me?, Where is it Written?, The Way He Makes Me Feel, No Matter What Happens and A Piece of Sky.”