Theater Review: 'Fiddler on the Roof' at OCPAC

My favorite part of the touring production of Fiddler on the Roof, now currently playing at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, was not the love stories between the three young couples. Instead, it is the scene that is so rare within movies and musicals: between the long-married husband and wife.

The milkman Tevye turns and curiously asks his wife of 25 years, Golde, "Do you love me?"

Her incredulous response: "For twenty-five years I've washed your clothes/Cooked your meals, cleaned your house/Given you children, milked the cow...If that's not love, what is?"

Theater Review: 'Fiddler on the Roof' at OCPAC
Joan Marcus
Theater Review: 'Fiddler on the Roof' at OCPAC
Joan Marcus

The production value is as good as can be expected from a venue such as OCPAC, with rotating sets, foldable houses, and realistic props. The choreography of director Sammy Dallas Bayes is traditional yet energetic and the chuckles never stop coming from the audience.

Yet the primary reason to see Fiddler on the Roof is Topol. This touring production is his last time playing the character so pay the money and see a Broadway veteran at work.  

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF AT THE ORANGE COUNTY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER. 600 TOWN CENTER DR, COSTA MESA 92626. TUES-FRI 7:30 P.M., SAT 2 & 7:30 P.M, SUN 1 & 6:30 PM.  UNTIL AUG. 23.

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