Kansas City Star “Fiddler on the Roof” review

April 28, 2015

Robert Trussell, The Kansas City Star

“Fiddler” works its will in thoughtful Spinning Tree production

The simple fact of the matter is that “Fiddler on the Roof” always gets to me.

It’s easy to point out the individual components that make this a classic show — Jerry Bock’s evocative score, Joseph Stein’s vivid dialogue, Sheldon Harnick’s poetic lyrics. But there’s a kind of alchemy at work when these contributions come together.

With equal parts humor and tenderness, the show asks us to consider nothing less than the meaning of life in its depiction of a Jewish village in imperial Russia whose collective wish (in the words of the local rabbi) is for God to bless and keep Czar Nicholas II far, far away from them…

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