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Fiddler on the Roof Reviews

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Average customer review: 3.5 star rating (3.5 Stars)

Number of reviews: 44

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2.0 star rating Julie W from Costa Mesa, California

BLAND AND UNDERWHELMING

I organized a group of friends and family to see this personal sentimental favorite. To those who have no comparisons to draw upon, I can understand their delight. My impressions, however, are sadly underwhelmed. Who even cast these performers? The texture, comedic timing, power, range and timbre of the vocals was chronically distracting. Yente practically read her lines. Tevye was too young for the role. Good marks for the staging and special effects and loved the bottle dance. I value this story as my grandparents were exiled from a village much like Anetevka, I can assure you that there was definitely room to portray the emotional impact of that eviction and violence much, much better. I am glad this story is still being told and now being introduced to a new audience, but the potency leaves much to be desired.

2.0 star rating M. Weber from Costa Mesa, California

UNEVEN

With a bang-up opening act, I expected much more from what turned out to be, dare I say, an insipid play. The orchestra played well, but the singing was not the best, especially the middle daughter. I enjoyed Teyve's character, but I had to guess at some of his lines, his vocal projection was not there. Yenta was so disappointing! Sounded like she was reading her lines and couldn't decide on which accent to use. Her timing was nonexistent. I found the lighting very muddy, the humor missing or muted, and the singing so-so. Just seemed like lots of missed opportunities to put on a good show.

2.0 star rating from Columbus, Ohio

EH

This was ok. The actor who plays Tevye was clearly just repeating memorized lines with very little emotion. “If I were a rich man” was a huge let down, as well. He just really seemed so bored and sick of this. No feeling. Most of the actors gave off the same vibe…hurry up, we have to do this again, etc. It really took away from the show. Overall there was no feeling as the lines were being delivered. On a more pleasant note, The actors who played Perchik and Motel were excellent.

2.0 star rating from Omaha, Nebraska

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF.

Not normally a critic, I felt last night’s performance, Thursday, 10 February, had one major flaw. My husband and I were sitting on the north side of the stage in row three and could not hear what the actors and actresses were saying or singing. Perhaps the sound system was not working well, but I’ve been to other shows (season ticket holders) and could see and hear that the actors and actresses were not projecting their voices very well. I thought maybe it was just me that felt this way, but I was talking to a volunteer during the break, and three people walked by and said are you talking about not being able to hear what’s going on, and I said yes. They agreed and said it was a disappointment. So I don’t know if the problem was in the whole theater area or just down on the floor area. Try to imagine that you can’t hear the words. It ruined the whole play for the two of us, and we do not have hearing problems.

2.0 star rating L. Kakish from Birmingham, AL

DISAPPOINTED

After seeing the show in NYC I was so looking forward to the show in Birmingham,AL. I purchased 9 tickets and invited family and friends expecting a great performance based on my previous experience. The show was very underwhelming from cast to voices to sound and talent. There was no heart and mediocre performers. It seemed more like a high school level performance. A total waste of time and money!

2.0 star rating Scott J from Richmond, Virginia

DISAPPOINTING

Absolutely lacked the vitality that the audience deserved. It actually was my worst experience at Altria. Perhaps spoiled by my wife's 1967 experience on Broadway with Mostel and mine some years later with the epic film, we left the theater feeling actually abused by a pack of players who really could care less. At no point did we feel emotionally engaged. The actor playing the lead Tevye offered little in the way of 'relish' as he barely moved his arms when the broader expression was so required in the father's dance scenes...... So sad, they should be ashamed.

1.0 star rating Mary DiCola from Chicago, Illinois

AVERAGE HIGH SCHOOL PERFORMANCE

I've never been disappointed previously at a Chicago theater performance. However, Fiddler on the Roof changed a run of excellent theater experiences last night! I was expecting someone to come out of the curtains at the end and announce that we had been duped! Rather than professional actors, we were actually subjected to a High School performance, and the theater would be refunding our ticket money! Every time Golde and Yente performed, I winced in embarrassment! The play was ridden with over-acting, simply, bad acting, and horrible accents, (Was this a bad imitation of an East Coast, diner waitress?) Most of the characters sounded as if they were reading directly from...no "Yelling" the script! Save your money! Go see a good High School performance!

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