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Fiddler on the Roof Reviews

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Average customer review: 3.5 star rating (3.6 Stars)

Number of reviews: 47

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4.0 star rating Elizabeth Henderson from Los Angeles, California

OUTSTANDING TEVYE

A most enthusiastic cast, with superb dancers. The new choreography and staging is far better than the original. The Israeli actor playing Tevye is astonishing good as an actor and singer - and I’ve seen Zero Mostel and others play this role. Alas, Golde, his wife, lacks soul, never captures that Jewish mother/wife essence under the hardness. Yenta is terrible; shocking she was cast. The oldest daughter is excellent; the youngest can act but lacks the voice. The rabbi and other men also lack voice power and/or acting chops. Still, go see it, for Tevye and the dancing! You will cry and fall in love with the show again, anyway.

4.0 star rating Ira from Las Vegas, Nevada

PACE WAS TOO QUICK

From the start, I thought Tevye who ended up being quite good, was talking to quickly, missing important places for emphasis on several important places... did not use space as a dramatic opportunity. A slower more poignant presentation of lines for Tevya and Golda could have been useful. I have seen Fiddler at least 4-5 times. Love the play and have tears each time. GREAT Dancing.

4.0 star rating Mary Wan from Portland, Oregon

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

I saw the show on Tuesday night. It was excellent. The dancing and singing were very good. However, the lead actor was a poor speaker. He ran through his lines rapidly and without expression or punctuation. Many times I did not catch what he was saying. That's a big flaw in the otherwise superb performance. And it made both the beginning and ending much less effective.

3.0 star rating Anita Clark from Hartford, Connecticut

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

Loved the 1st half of the show. Was very bored after intermission and disappointed to not see a better moment of the "fiddler". Felt like I didn't get my money's worth. We ( a friend & myself) left the show, which I had seen twice awhile back, feeling "That's it??"

3.0 star rating Carol Greenberg from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

GOOD

First act was brilliant. Dancing was so amazing!! Second act was slow and boring.

3.0 star rating Laura from Cincinnati, Ohio

YENTE WAS HORRIBLE

I have been to many plays and I have never felt the need to provide a review, but I must say that Yente was horrible in this play. She actually ruined the play for me. Her timing was consistently off (at times it seemed like someone had to remind her that it was her time to speak), and it seemed like she was reading her lines. She is a key character and her awful acting really took you out of the play. I actually have never been to a play where I thought an actor was so bad. The other characters were good. I thought the ending could have been much stronger. Some of the harmonies were fantastic and the dancing was excellent. Please replace this actress with someone who can act or at least relate to the character. Until then, I actually cannot recommend that you attend this play. Her performance is that off-putting.

3.0 star rating Andy from Los Angeles, California

DISAPPOINTED

Fiddler will always be a great show, but what I saw last night I was disappointed. I found the acting, singing and dancing mediocre at best. It was as if I was watching a community theater performance. Fun, yes, but professional. No way.

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