Fiddler on the Roof
The spotlight of Fiddler is on Tevye’s story, and we get all his familiar songs—“Tradition” and “If I Were a Rich Man,” for example—as well as the show’s other favorites, like “Matchmaker,” “Miracle of Miracles” and “Sunrise, Sunset.”
It’s a large cast for Runaway Stage. There are a whopping 38 actors, singers and dancers, as well as a 14-person orchestra. And, as usual with this community playhouse, there are stronger, more-seasoned performers alongside less-polished performers. However, all possess an obvious love for the show. The sets and costumes are simple but clever. A special nod goes to the unique outfits created for Grandma’s ghost scene.
The show is a celebration of (and, for many, an introduction to) Jewish customs and traditions, including the Sabbath, the wedding ceremony, the songs and the clever cultural expressions. It’s a nice touch to present this production that celebrates the Jewish religion right before Hanukkah. But you’d better hurry—it only runs for two more weekends.