Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins Review

by Amilo Rajandram (age 10)

The name of the play is Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric Kimmel. Produced by Strawdog Theatre, 1802 W Berenice Ave. It runs through January 5 2019.

The story revolves around a poor, but cunning man going by the name of Hershel of Ostropol. He makes a promise to the Rabbi of a village that he will get rid of the Anti-potato-latkes goblins. These goblins prevent the villagers from celebrating Hanukkah.

The actors play multiple roles very convincingly and they are humorous. They perform in a lively fashion considering the number of their parts, including being the musicians.

The set was realistic yet simple, but they made up for it with their lively acting. The music was folk music and was mostly cheerful. Nevertheless, it was sometimes a bit spooky. The costumes represented Hershel’s era.

I would recommend this play to young kids, around 4-10 years.  I really liked the creative music. Overall, I think everything was very breath-taking.

If you like potato-latkes, then you can relate to them in this show.


Strawdog Theatre Company
1802 W. Berenice Ave., Chicago


Pictured: (left to right) Anderson Lawfer, Nicole Bloomsmith, Frank Gasparro, Sophie Scanlon, Jon Penick and Harmony Zhang. Photo by Collin Quinn Rice.