‘Fiddler on the Roof’: Go!
November 11, 2006
Dear Editor:I’ve seen and acted in a lot of professional New York and regional theater, and the Aspen Community Theatre’s present offering of “Fiddler On the Roof” (playing through today’s matinee) is a beautiful and talented production worth running to. It is a lean, restrained and fully entertaining professional show. Gratefully, there is no “shtick” here, only truthful and joyous performances executed with spare and beautiful production values. In the best possible way that theater in general can tell a story, this production succeeds wonderfully. I came away from last Sunday’s matinee feeling flushed with pleasure and appreciation: director/choreographer John Trow has executed an overly well-known story line into real and tender moments with precision acting, dancing and beautifully sung songs; the scenic design by Tom Ward is creatively spare, elegant and beautiful; the lighting design by Loren Wilder is equally so; the musical direction by David Dyer is consistently on pitch, on cue and – most especially – tight; the costumes by Kathleen Albert are just right in that they serve, but don’t interfere with, the story line and the historic period.The leading actor’s performances – especially Pat Holloran as Tevye and Tammy Barr as Golde, his wife – are to be praised over and over for their thoroughly believable and underplayed performances. The entire cast delivers a very real and entertaining story of early 20th century Russian Jewish peasantry and the terrible pogroms that ultimately dispersed them throughout the world. This large cast is always precise and professional. The devil is in the details, and this production nails them. The execution is specific, creative and talented. Because of that, it is wonderful entertainment and fun.Go! Tim EstinAspen