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Show: Fiddler on the Roof
Society / Company: Birr Stage Guild
Venue: Birr Theatre
Ticket Price: 18
Reviewer: Thomas Redmond
Date Attended: 21/03/2015
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General Comments

First of all let me point out that I am a fiddler fan! We travelled over to Birr to see a show that Ive seen many times before and have witnessed the best and the worst of it in the past. It was mainly with delight that I watched a fine production in a beautiful theatre. There were some iffy moments but by and large this was a fine solid performance of a classic. 

The opening 'Tradition' was a very strong ensemble if allbeit predictably choreographed but the singing and genuine fiddler trumped any reservations here! In fact the ensemble singing for the most part was top quality and I wanted more of it!

The Tevye was exceptional. His strength in dramatic acting and comedic timing gladly overshadowed any difficulty he found with the music and he turned in both a visual and audible masterpiece. Golde was played softly with occasional edge and sang a beautiful 'Do you love me.' The three daughters put in a solid 'matchmaker' and all played there parts nicely with Hodels singing voice a highlight. Yentes appearances were always welcome for well played comedy! Motel had a nice stage presence and reigned it back enough by the end and Frumah-Sarah provided what could have been our favourate scene! Perchick was great -  a tad sincere for my taste but still displayed the best male vocal of the evening. We loved Fyedka and Chava together (especially the dance!) In fact acting was a strong point among the principals.

General comments aside, some of the finer details of the production needed a little more attention such as accents, fake candles, some singing, set changes etc... but the cast and crew can be proud of a very strong and fine production. 

Highs: Tevye, dream-scene, Tradition, Far from the home I love.

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