KCMetropolis reviews “Fiddler on the Roof”

April 29, 2015

Karen Hauge, KCMetropolis

“To Life! To Life!” To Spinning Tree!

Fiddler on the Roof tells the story of a small town and its problems—small problems like the lameness of a horse, the pushiness of one’s long-suffering wife, and the marriageability of poor young women. But there are much larger issues lurking in the background of small Anatevka—discrimination, social unrest, and the mutable relevance of living one’s life according to the Good Book.

Just as the story of Fiddler captures big problems in a small town, Spinning Tree Theatre brings this big story to the intimate Just Off Broadway Theatre, and it comes to life in the hands of some of Kansas City’s biggest local stars. Gary Neal Johnson stars as Tevye, the story’s colorful protagonist, and Julie Shaw joins him as Golde, his wife. Both together and apart, these two are perfectly matched for these parts…

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