By Scott Ross
Barbra Streisand, examining the china on Amy Irving’s table (“A matched set/From France, yet”) in her own adaptation of I.B. Singer’s “Yentl, the Yeshiva Boy.” A beautiful, visually rich evocation of early 20th century Polish-Jewish life, Yentl also boasted a splendid central performance by its writer-director. If a male actor had made this impressive a directorial debut, he would have been showered with praise and given an Oscar. Streisand got neither.
Text copyright 2014 by Scott Ross