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Fiddler on the Roof Reviews

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Average customer review: 4.0 star rating (3.9 Stars)

Number of reviews: 67



2.0 star rating Scott J from Richmond, Virginia


Absolutely lacked the vitality that the audience deserved. It actually was my worst experience at Altria. Perhaps spoiled by my wife's 1967 experience on Broadway with Mostel and mine some years later with the epic film, we left the theater feeling actually abused by a pack of players who really could care less. At no point did we feel emotionally engaged. The actor playing the lead Tevye offered little in the way of 'relish' as he barely moved his arms when the broader expression was so required in the father's dance scenes...... So sad, they should be ashamed.

1.0 star rating Mary DiCola from Chicago, Illinois


I've never been disappointed previously at a Chicago theater performance. However, Fiddler on the Roof changed a run of excellent theater experiences last night! I was expecting someone to come out of the curtains at the end and announce that we had been duped! Rather than professional actors, we were actually subjected to a High School performance, and the theater would be refunding our ticket money! Every time Golde and Yente performed, I winced in embarrassment! The play was ridden with over-acting, simply, bad acting, and horrible accents, (Was this a bad imitation of an East Coast, diner waitress?) Most of the characters sounded as if they were reading directly "Yelling" the script! Save your money! Go see a good High School performance!

1.0 star rating Eric Kubiak from Tempe, Arizona


I’d like to start off with, Fiddler is an iconic piece of theater. The score is so great it stands up with haunting melodies years later. I was very excited that it would tour after the revival on broadway, just like Hello Dolly. While the later was an amazing tour that one has not witnessed in years, Fiddler was a total let down. This production was so cut back, that bare bones does not do it justice. The set so minimal that there was no way to portray the Fiddler on the Roof. The cast was miserable. There was no connection between the actors in a show that is portraying love against all odds. It’s descent into sub par performances began with Teyve. An actor of Israeli descent, I found lack of effort to become a character from a time long ago very disappointing. It’s rare that I cannot say one item that gave the show redeeming quality, but alas no. For once, I wished I was at home and not wasted my evening with a production that did not embrace an ounce of “Tradition” to make it acceptable.

1.0 star rating Catherine Hayden from Boston, Massachusetts


What I witnessed tonight was a catastrophe of a modern classic. The entire production felt lifeless, forced, and overall just poorly coordinated. Was underwhelmed by not only the singing, choreography, but also the lackluster feeling of emotion that seemed to be portrayed from the drab sets. Traveled to the city with my mother for a well needed girls night, thought this rendition of the play we terrible, we had a wonderful time laughing at who signed off on such a production of such a well loved piece of theater. Upon leaving, while in an elevator in the parking garage, an unknown woman by herself asked us if we had just seen “fiddler”. To which we responded yes. Her reply, “well, that was long.” Nothing more to be said in my eyes.

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