Russell S.’s Event Journal

Fiddler 920
Friday July 19, 2013 / 8:00pm
Fiddler on the Roof
2 tickets
Section B

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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.