Friday July 19, 2013 / 8:00pmFiddler on the Roof
How was your experience?
Pretty good, for community theater.The actor who plays Tevye is very good, and has some interesting new interpretations of the character that are worth seeing -- BUT -- his attempts at Yiddish speech patterns are excruciatingly painful if you are at all familiar with the culture. At times, I couldn't tell whether he was using a Swedish, Scottish, or English accent -- but it was never anything approximating Yiddish. This misstep kept making me wince, and pulled me out of the story-telling. I could even occasionally hear him using Topol's (played Tevye in 1971 movie) out-of-place Israeli accent. He should stick to American or get extensive coaching before attempting this role with an accent again. The only characters who demand a Yiddish accent are the Rabbi and Yente.