January 10, 1990 |
The Israeli actor Topol was only 30 years old when he began playing Tevye, the poor turn-of-the-century Russian-Jewish dairyman of "Fiddler on the Roof" who has five marriageable daughters and a personal relationship with God. Which was considered such a challenging assignment for a young actor - Tevye calls for a man between 55 and 65 - that Topol almost didn't get the part. What pushed him over the edge was a film role three years earlier in which he had successfully portrayed an aging rogue.
December 2, 1994 |
Theodore Bikel has played Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof more than a thousand times over the last 27 years. One reason he is cast, of course, is the need for a name actor to attract audiences. But Bikel provides much more than that. He makes a fine Tevye. Tevye is the heart and soul of Fiddler on the Roof, and Bikel is the heart and soul of the touring production playing through the weekend at the Merriam Theater. He was certainly the best part of the generally flat performance on opening night Wednesday.
June 10, 1993 |
Over the last week, actor Eddie Mekka has become older and wiser. His back- to-back roles at the Bucks County Playhouse have aged him. After Sunday's performances of Little Shop of Horrors, Mekka shook off the nerd-like character of Seymour Krelbourn and matured into the patriarchal Tevye for the Playhouse production of Fiddler on the Roof, scheduled to open last night in New Hope. "Summer stock is where I learned theater. Before you finish one show, you're learning the lines for the next," Mekka said.
March 11, 1993 |
The traditions of the little town of Anatevka will be seen on the stage of the Little Theater of Abington Junior High School when "Fiddler on the Roof" is presented by the students. Rehearsing for the musical, which opens March 11, are (from left) Andrea Douglas, Rachel Hammond and Marissa Lucciani, playing Tevye's daughters.
January 12, 1990 |
Fiddler on the Roof has returned to the stage in the 25th anniversary production that brings a strong sense of new life to the musical. The touring company that opened last night at the Forrest Theater is headed by Topol, the Israeli actor who starred in the film version of the classic Broadway show. He has portrayed Tevye, the milkman, before on the stage, and he adapts knowingly to the larger demands of the live theater. His Tevye is as much a performance as it is a characterization.
September 24, 2011
Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness. Superb documentary about creator of Tevye the Dairyman, the prototype of the Jewish comic voice who laughed to keep from crying. No MPAA rating . Drive. Shamelessly entertaining action thriller starring Ryan Gosling as a Man With No Name and few words. He daylights as a stuntman, moonlights as a getaway driver, and will go to any lengths to help his pretty neighbor. With Albert Brooks. R Higher Ground. In a stunning directorial debut, actress Vera Farmiga tells the love story of a woman who embraces her evangelical faith yet wants proof of God's existence.
February 29, 2004 |
It is ironic that the uninspired new song gratuitously added to the second act of Fiddler on the Roof should be titled "Topsy-Turvy," because the strength of this welcome and well-executed new production is its sustained sense of balance. Led by Alfred Molina, a bold but effective choice as Tevye, and directed by David Leveaux, this is a Fiddler that heightens the impact of its emotional crests through the control and restraint it uses to build toward them. To appreciate their collaboration fully, you have only to consider the problem they faced.
May 18, 2001 |
Over the last 34 years, Theodore Bikel has played the role of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof more than 1,600 times. At 77, he is still at it, and his performance in the touring production of the musical at the MannCenter for the Performing Arts shows that advancing age is no reason to quit. He is still very much up to the part. With his snow-white beard, Bikel looks a little elderly to be playing a character who still has two young daughters at home, but his age is not evident in the way he plays the part.
January 12, 1990 |
One cannot fault a musical with the glorious history of "Fiddler on the Roof" for its swagger. The cast of the 25th anniversary edition of the Joseph Stein-Jerry Bock-Sheldon Harnick musical took command of the Forrest stage last night with chins out, shoulders back and eyes - well, not quite defiant but somewhat more than confident. And they delivered. Some 90 minutes into the evening, moments before the provincial cossacks broke up the wild, wild wedding scene ending Act 1, the opening night audience of the four-week run was clearly on the ropes.
May 28, 2010 |
I was a teenager when my parents took me to see Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway with Zero Mostel and Beatrice Arthur in 1964. I didn't realize then that my relationship with this sweet, heartfelt, unsettling musical would become a lifelong affair. Whenever Fiddler was around, it was like going to the synagogue on a Jewish holy day: No questions asked, I just went. The story of a Jewish village in Russia at the outset of the Russian Revolution, and of Tevye the milkman, his wife, and their five daughters was a part of me, but it extends to all Americans who are here because their ancestors were chased out, dragged away, unwanted, terrorized, or just plain hated.