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.
milkman Tevye turns and curiously asks his wife of 25 years, Golde, “Do you love me?”
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
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
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.