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Fiddler On The Roof

by Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick, and Joseph Stein 
National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene
Directed by Joel Grey, Musical Staging by Stas Kmiec
Costumes by Ann Hould-Ward, Lighting by Peter Kaczorowski, Sound by Dan Moses Schreier
2018

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“I admit I’m an easy crier, especially at musicals. More specifically, “Fiddler” and I have a long, wet history… Supertitles in English and Russian are helpfully projected on Beowulf Boritt’s simple set, a collage of paper and fabric panels. It was one of those panels that got me going. Printed in big black Hebrew characters on a rectangle of brown paper was the Yiddish word “toyre” (Torah), which is used almost interchangeably in this translation with the word “traditsye” (tradition).” ~Jesse Green, New York Times

“In Beowulf Boritt’s stage design a few basic props are moved by actors; the stage’s space is simply framed by enormous hanging paper sheets that look like aged parchment. In this production, the Hebrew word “Torah”—the first five books of the Hebrew Bible as well as an allusion to law and teaching—is inscribed on one of the hanging mock-parchments. That sheet is later torn in two and only jaggedly repaired.” ~ Edward Rothstein, The Wall Street Journal

“This simple, sentimental production isn’t about spectacle. The bare-bones design is dominated by a sheet emblazoned with the word TORAH in Hebrew lettering, which is torn apart and sewn back together in a powerful evocation of what the Jewish people have endured.” ~Raven Snook, Time Out

“The design is calibrated to the production's smaller scale. Beowulf Boritt's set is defined by a series of paper drops that look like undone scrolls; the one in the center, which has "Torah" written on it, features prominently in the Act I finale, in which the wedding of Tzeitel and Motel is destroyed in an act of police brutality.“  ~  David Barbour, Lighting & Sound America

“The stage isn’t over-decorated by Beowulf Borrit; the most significant piece of decoration is a drape with the word “Torah” written on it in Hebrew, torn at a particularly charged moment to gasps from the audience.” ~ Tim Teeman, Daily Beast

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