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(Joshua Barone’s article appeared in The New York Times, 8/28; via Pam Green; Photo: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times.)

“God of Vengeance,” a drama from the early 20th century and the inspiration for Paula Vogel’s “Indecent,” a possible addition for the coming Broadway season, will be revived in December by New Yiddish Rep.

The play, which is widely credited with presenting the first lesbian kiss on Broadway, in 1923, is scheduled to run from Dec. 22 through Jan. 22 at La MaMa — next door to where it had its premiere in 1907.

This revival — under David Mandelbaum, the troupe’s artistic director — will be performed in the original Yiddish; a reading was presented in June at the 14th Street Y.

An English-language version of the play came to Broadway in the 1920s after productions in New York and in Europe (including one in Berlin directed by Max Reinhardt). It courted scandal — and obscenity charges — with its depictions of Jewish culture and homosexuality. Its New York producer and cast members were arrested and found guilty, but the show remained open.


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