“I don’t each poultry or meat.”

“Baby, it’s just a little chicken! [Yiddish accent] It vouldn’t hoit!”

“What’s that again?”

“You don’t know that story? It really happened in the great days of the Yiddish Theatre when the leading actor collapsed on-stage during a performance. And a doctor in the audience rushed up to help him, but the actor was already dead.  And out of the audience came a woman’s voice: ‘So gif him a little chicken soup!’ And the doctor stood up and announced that the actor had died… and the woman called back to him: ‘Vell, it wouldn’t hoit!'”

Jonathan Cott: Dinner with Lenny: The Last Long Interview with Leonard Bernstein.

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