Francine and Murray Farber ask why I skipped reviewing the latest Good Company Players musical. They write:
Ever since opening night of “Fiddler on the Roof” we have been scouring the Bee and blog for your review. We are always interested in your viewpoints. We are mystified — we did see the “beard story” but we don’t count that! Is there a reason this great Roger Rocka show is being overlooked?
I did skip reviewing “Fiddler,” but it’s for a good reason: I’m in the process of putting together a big story about Good Company’s upcoming 40th anniversary. As part of that story, I’ve followed “Fiddler” from a backstage perspective — which meant I was there for load-in of the set, first tech rehearsal, opening night, etc. I felt I was too close to the production to be able to step back far enough for a critical distance.
But … the good news is that “Fiddler” will get a review, just a little later than usual. My colleague Joshua Tehee got the chance to see the show Sunday afternoon, and he will be posting a review soon.
In the meantime, I forgot to post my own contribution to this “Fiddler” production on opening weekend — The Bee’s first ever Russian Jew Beard Poll. The margin of error is three-eights of a can of shaving cream. The photo above is of Henry Montelongo, left, who plays Lazar Wolf, and Chris Hoffman, who plays Mendel, the rabbi’s son. After the jump you’ll find a photo of the Anatevka gang getting zany.