Hanoch Levin defined "Yakish and Poopche" - his 19 th play - as a "gloomy comedy". It is a story about two lonely people, Yakish and Poopche. Both are poor and hideously ugly and although they burn with desire ti find a mate - no one wants them. Eventually - with the help of a dubious matchmaker - the two come to the realization that life is not a beauty-parlor; one has no choice but to give up one's dreams and aspiretions and take whatever life offers - even if it is only a rag. And so the two, as a last resort, join in matrimony, but Yakish is so repelled by his wife's ugliness that he is unable to rise to the occasion and consummate the marriage... Finally, after hard labor, Yakish manages somehow to perform his duties and the couple can thus life unhappily ever after.

The world that Levin creates is cruel, grim and devoid of illusion. In a way it is like hell where those who enter must abandon aal hope.

The director, Yevgeny Arie explores this "gloomy comedy" with panache. People are pathetically funny just as clowns who disguise their faces with heavy make-up and tror upon the stage of life making us laugh when we should cry. The world is as absurd as acircus but also as colorful.


First Perfomance: 2/6/2007

Running time: 1 hour and 50 minutes, with 1 intermission

Author: Hanoch Levin
Stage adaptation: Shimon Mimran
Director: Yevgeny Arie
Original Score: Avi Behjamin
Set Design & Costumes: Michael Kramenko
Choreography: Sharon Reshef-Armony
Lighting Design: Avi Iona Bueno (Bambi)
Assistant Director for Speech: Yonny Lucas
Yakish Hooshpish: Yuval Yanay
Poopche Chroopche: Neta Shpigelman
He-Hooshpish: Yevgeny Terletsky
She-Hooshpish: Natalia Manor/Noa Koler
He-Chroopche: Roni Blitz
She-Chroopche: Svetlana Demidov
Fortsedes the whore: Israel Demidov
Chupton Krooditser: Alon Fridman
Leibech: Alexander Senderovich
Turkvelt: Gil'ad Kletter
Weight Lifter: Michael Rivkin


"As the show begins and the actors dance into the stage to the tune of the orchestra it reminded me of Fellini's circus-world."


"A brilliant play and a brilliant interesting production... a grotesque comical aspect... very beautiful... Yevgeny Arie created a special vitality..."

Kol Israel

"Yakish and Poopche" - a production that is all magic!"

Reshet Alef

"The visual magic of Gesher and the magic of Hanoch Levin's writing create a colossal treasure."

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