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Religion and Belief

"Rags" musical tells story of Jewish immigrants

'Rags' musical tells story of Jewish immigrants

“Rags” yields riches at the Plaza Theatre in Manalapan.

On the whole, the musical about Jewish immigrants in 1914 — from Old World customs and assimilation to sweatshop unions and political enfranchisement — leaves you with a satisfied feeling, even if you are constantly wondering if the show will make it intact through the two hours and 15-minutes with a 15-minute intermission.

That is because the 15 cast members (with three musicians off-stage) have wildly diverse talents and stage experience. Some of them could seriously sweeten their vocals, particularly at the top of their range. And the whirling of large set...