|Photo by Kirstine Christiansen|
If there ever was a character in theatre who one feels compelled to root for, it has to be Tevye, the nearly impoverished milkman who resides in Anatevka, a small village in Czarist Russia in 1905. His strong-willed wife has a sharp-tongue, and he is struggling to house, feed and clothe his five daughters. The three oldest of them eschew deeply ingrained Jewish traditions to which Tevye so desperately tries to cling in favor of pursuing lives of their own fueled by changing social mores. And on top of that, Tevye and his family as well as the other Jews in Anatevka face constant anti-Semitism and intimidation from Russia’s Czar.
That is the fundamental storyline in the classic musical Fiddler on the Roof, which is now playing at Toby’s, the Dinner Theatre of Columbia. This production has enough gusto and energy to light that village of Anatevka and perhaps some of Columbia’s villages as well.
For full review, visit MD Theatre Guide.