Fiddler on the Roof: The Arlington Player’s TraditionBy Laura & Mike Clark • Apr 22nd, 2006 • Category: Reviews
Listen to our review of the Arlington Players’ Fiddler on the Roof [MP3 5:29 1.6MB]; or read the transcript.
Mike: Fiddler On the Roof is a musical. It takes place in the tiny village of Anatevka in 1905. It’s a poor Jewish family led by the father, Tevye, his wife Golde and their five daughters. They have a strong tradition in this village, a tight nit Jewish community. The world is changing and this community needs to decide if it’s going to change with it. So what’d you think of the show, Laura?
Laura: I really enjoyed it. I though everyone did a great job performing. The set was well done, everybody sang well. It was an enjoyable family musical. So what did you think of the show, Michael?
Mike: It was a really good show, The music and the singing and the dancing. There was a lot to watch, keep track of and enjoy. I really think it’s a good show to go see.
Laura: I really liked Tevye, the father and unofficial leader of the community. He was played by Jimmy Payne. I thought he did a really good job. He had a nice singing voice. He had a lot of expression and emotion. He reacted well to the events around him. I thought he did a great job.
Mike: I think everyone did well. It was a large cast, about 30 actors. Many of them did have singing and speaking roles. There were also several large dance numbers. There was an actual fiddler who was up on the roof playing which was kind of nice. There were several scenes where he walked through playing the fiddle. This is one of my favorite musicals. I really like the production they did tonight. All of the characters were believable. You could see them having hurt and love. They enjoyed spending time with their families and friends. It was a good show that came together really well.
Laura: I liked the various duets that were performed throughout the evening. The duet between Zeitel, the oldest daughter of Tevye, played by Jennifer Lambert and Motel the tailor, played by John Patrick Loughney. I thought they did a really good duet together when they sang,”Miracles of Miracles.” They blended well together and really seemed to love each other and that came out to the audience. Also the duet between Tevye, again played by Jimmy Payne and Golde, performed by Rene Moyer. I thought it was very touching. I could see her being proper and not giving in to her emotions and Tevye trying to get her to open up. Eventually she does open up somewhat. I though that was really neat.
Mike: In the second act, Hodel, played by Anne Marie Pinto, had a solo that she sang to Tevye while waiting to catch a train. That was really good. She had a haunting voice that fit well with the scene and was very melancholy.
Laura: I really liked the dance numbers that were performed throughout the evening. The bottle dance was really good. That must have taken a lot of practice to dance with those bottles on your head. The dance in the tavern with the three Russians that came in and danced with the Jewish men in the tavern was very good. It was very well done. They really got into it.
Mike: The set was really well done. There were a lot of scene changes. Everything seemed to roll and came on and off the stage smoothly. There were only a few things that had to be set independently. Considering there were so many people moving in and out, I liked how they kept it moving.
Laura: Yes, it did not seem to affect the rhythm of the performance at all.
Mike: During a few of the scene changes they dropped the curtain and did a small scene in front of the curtain while they were setting up behind the curtain for the next scene. That helped a lot because it gave the stage crew time to set the scene, and we weren’t bored in the audience because it kept the action going.
Laura: The lighting was well done also. They used the lighting to put leaves on the trees as well a having back lighting of purples and browns to set the mood of the scene.
Mike: The lighting definitely enhanced the show.
Laura: So that’s Fiddler on the Roof performed by The Arlington Players in Arlington, Virginia. It is playing through May 6.
Mike: I recommend you go see Fiddler on the Roof. If you’ve already seen the show, feel free to leave comments on our website, ShowBizRadio.net. And now, on with the show.
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Laura & Mike Clark started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.