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Others have said toned down production. That is an understatement. All costumes in light autumn colors. All= sisters, mother,Yenta, Russians, sets. Hard to tell characters apart. Dancing very good, but also very repetitive. Do not understand all the floppy arms. Singers pitchy. Still high energy and fun.
Lynn from Salt Lake City, Utah
PHONING IT IN
I've seen Fiddler on the Roof several times produced on various levels from high schools productions on up. This was my least favorite of them all. Maybe because I just expected something more. The dream scene was far too sterile and bland with singing that was too pretty. The voices in the various duets very rarely sounded like they fit together. Some of the male voices appeared to be outside of their range and low notes were barely audible. The blending of chorus voices was non existent with some singers staring notes before others, and others holding notes longer than others and everyone trying to out-sing each other. It really just seemed like they fine tuned everything before the tour started and haven't really worked on it again since. The orchestra and dancing were great!
Camilla from Lexington, Kentucky
I saw Fiddler on the Roof in Lexington 8 yrs ago with my daughter and LOVED IT! I was so excited about sharing this experience again with my husband last night and was sorely disappointed. The props were sparse and the acting was no better than a High School Drama production. The accents were OFF! I give 3 stars for this unprofessional production.
K Cunningham from Springfield, Missouri
seemed really slow, like all the pauses were longer than they needed to be and the songs slower than they needed to be. It just seemed like they were unnecessarily stretching it out. The singing and dancing numbers were very good. Set design was also very good
Tiwania Barnes from Springfield, Missouri
Hammond Hall can do better than this. With the exception of the Seidel character, I could not hear the players well unless they were looking directly into the audience. The Yenta was especially hard to hear. The Mosul player lacked the energy required for some scenes and I couldn’t hear the opening dialog at all. Dancers performed well. Sets were sparse and relied upon the one house (tent) too much. It was great but not enough. The last scene was awkward. Finally, I’m a a huge advocate for 1A , however, I PAID TO BE ENTERTAINED. We wanted to enjoy the play. I did not pay for, expect or appreciate the political views of marginal performers. I’m sorry to see this.
Dave The Curmudgeon Mausner from Chicago, Illinois
FIDDLER TAKES A HIKE
Note: I attended the 1964 first run in NYC. This is a comparative reflection. The cast of
that run can be reviewed on Wikipedia.
The production at Chicago's Cadillac Theater is technologically excellent. The costumes
and set designs are simple, ingenious, and true to the original designer's intent:
Anatevka was a bland and muddy outpost. The dance numbers are vigorous.
The blocking, acting, and singing, while competent by modern standards, are restrained
by an overall direction of sadness, isolation, and helplessness. The original played as a
robust comedy, and one reason may be that the 1964 cast stars had actual Vaudeville
This production issues a disconcerting pessimism: lovers sing while standing at
opposite sides of the stage like a 7-10 bowling split; Tevye and Golde's duet fails to read
as a call and response; the Rabbi is played straight and not as an obvious comedy
figure. Even the fiddler is missing his roof.
You have no idea what you're missing.
Ann F. from Chicago, Illinois
The opening "Tradition" was very strong and
I was so excited for an amazing show bc I
love this play!! Only to be let down by weak
singing by all the male leads. Maybe it was
their sound system bc all were hard to hear
and sounded strained. The women were
strong and Sasha was great! Yente's timing
was consistently off. I am not sure why it
was necessary to cast 2 obvious omen as
men in the chorus. You can definitely tell
they are women and it's distracting. I hate to
say this, but I have seen amateur community
theater productions that were better. I
bought 6 tickets as xmas gifts for my family...
and I wish I would have chosen Avenue Q
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