An evening of stories by renowned Jewish writer Sholem Aleichem, the creator of the Tevye stories which became the basis of 'Fiddler on the Roof.' More…
'Tevye Served Raw' features a mix of purely comic non-Tevye stories and comic and dramatic Tevye stories. It goes back to Sholem Aleichem's original, and it shows you what they left out of 'Fiddler,' going much deeper into what life in the shtetl - where most American Jews' ancestors come from - was really like. Plus you find out what happened to the characters after the plot of the musical ends.
Performed in English and Yiddish, with English supertitles.
"Three actors-Yelena Shmulenson, Allen Lewis Rickman (Velvel in the Coen Brothers' 'A Serious Man') and Shane Baker ('the best-loved Episcopalian on the Yiddish stage today')-manage the feat of bringing five of Aleichem's stories-adapted and translated by Baker and Rickman-to life under Rickman's incisive and warm direction. Sourcing the original, nitty-gritty shtetl-soaked tales, makes 'Tevye Served Raw,' if possible, more passionate and involving than the musical." Full Review
“Uproarious and deeply touching...Not merely an adaptation of ‘folk’ tales but a bracing cultural phenomenon...Its humor and its pathos resonate beyond cultural and religious boundaries...Through very clever staging the comedic scenes provide translations...Despite the revue format and minimal staging, the sharp dialogue, smooth pacing, and grippingly funny and sad performances make the passages glow with authenticity...A sheer delight.” Full Review
“A lively new production...Rickman’s touching portrayal of Tevye is only one highlight of many in this high-spirited variety show of sorts, which features tasty comedy and searing drama...The creators of the show strive to tell the stories we didn’t learn in ‘Fiddler’ with all the poverty and anti-Semitism intact...The actors’ commitment to their roles and their collective energy truly transcend language. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. And you’ll be guaranteed to expand your repertoire of Yiddish ... Full Review
“Based on the stories of the incomparable Sholem Aleichem...At times, rollickingly hilarious, at times almost heartbreakingly sad...'Tevye Served Raw' is far from a museum piece. The acting is always spirited, the script and innovated direction are clever...Crafted with love for Yiddish traditions. It not only entertains, but may also motivate you to learn Yiddish...The comedy is enhanced by the acting – which is filled with comic excess and surprise choices. The staging is inspired.” Full Review
“The production, brilliantly directed...includes a near-even mix of hilarious moments and tear-jerkers...Rickman and Baker’s translation captures the many-layered richness of Sholem Aleichem’s original...The three actors have fantastic comedic chops...’Tevye Served Raw’ truly excels in its tragic scenes...A small miracle that Sholem Aleichem’s works have found three actors who can stage them in a way that speaks to a contemporary audience without being...nostalgic, corny or overwrought.” Full Review
“Three talented people acting in Yiddish are providing an entertaining delve into stories by the celebrated Yiddish writer Aleichem...A combination of the humorous and the serious in the chosen stories...The cast is extremely versatile...Performances come across as a salute to the preservation of Yiddish, as well as further evidence of how creative Sholem Aleichem was in capturing a way of life with its pleasures and perils.” Full Review
"When Jews weren’t weeping and lamenting, they laughed about their recognition of truth...Sholem Aleichem recorded their doings in the tricky Yiddish outsider/underdog vernacular, difficult-to-impossible to translate into warm and amusing English. Yet this task was accomplished...Try to see it. This amazing trio, Baker, Rickman and Shmulenson are doing something very honest and special. They deserve everyone’s support." Full Review
“We get splendid stories, superbly acted by all three cast members...We get a tear in the eye, belly laughs, character galore. Not to mention: here, we get Yiddish...Captioning and translation make it possible for those of us who don’t know a schlemiel from a schlemazel to understand everything...The actors are so good...Rickman in particular shines in this show, although it’s hard to assess one performance as better than another....It’s delightful.” Full Review
“This funny and poignant show depends entirely on the exceptional talents of the three performers — Shane Baker, Yelena Shmulenson, and Allen Lewis Rickman — who bring real acting chops as well as a superb command of the language to this work...Rickman intersperses funnier material between the Tevye stories so we come away with a fuller sense of Sholem Aleichem’s work, which could be dark as well as humorous.” Full Review
“The play is comprised of vignettes of both funny and tragic stories taking place in Tevye’s family and city...The actors excel not only in comedic expression, but also in layered performances...Vivid, memorable characters...One of the greatest strengths of the play is the animated gestures during Yiddish conversations...This lends the piece with a humor that is both Jewish and relatable to general audiences...Fun evening that provides a bit of depth and history.” Full Review
"There are few New York actors more capable of bringing true Yiddishkeit to the performance of Yiddish theatre than Allen Lewis Rickman…Tevye doesn't sing, but the role's dramatic power comes across in three…selections…The other selections…provide insightful satirical sketches depicting late 19th-century Russian Jews...Baker and Rickman's translations are ripe and colloquial…Several selections tend to go on too long, but fizzle for lack of sufficiently strong payoffs." Full Review
“A sweet and savory side dish to accompany the National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene’s rousing adaptation of ‘Fiddler’ in Yiddish...There’s a riotously funny encore...It’s all a great deal of fun...It’s all a great deal of fun, with the Belarus-born, Ukraine-raised Shmulenson standing out among the three, portraying a wide range of female characters with zest and flair. Baker and Rickman make a fine comic duo with vaudevillian instincts. 'Tevye Served Raw' is a tasty little treat." Full Review
"For most of us Sholom Aleichem calls to mind the lovable characters of the musical, 'Fiddler on the Roof': Tevye, the milkman, his wife Golde and their three daughters. But, in fact, the Yiddish writer was much more...On a bare stage, these actors bring their characters to life, with little to aid them but their own talent...Seeing 'Tevye Served Raw' brings us back to the real Tevye, the one Sholem Aleichem created before nostalgia and security softened his edges." Full Review
See it if If you’re a fan of Yiddish shows, this is a must-see. See it if you want to learn more about other Shalom Aleichem works, esp Tevye stories.
Don't see it if If you want a fully-staged elaborate production, with a large cast. Or if you don’t enjoy hearing the Yiddish language.
See it if In a tiny theater, a group of extraordinary character actors present some pieces from Sholom Aleichem. This is a gem.
Don't see it if You don't like Yiddish theater. You do like splashy Broadway renditions of TV shows.
See it if you want some background to Fiddler and it's original writer Sholom Aleichem; you like Jewish/Yiddish culture.
Don't see it if You're expecting a full length scripted story; you don't like stripped down productions.
See it if you want a different look at the creative genius behind Fiddler on the Roof, love Yiddish theatre or just want to be entertained!
Don't see it if You hate Yiddish, are bored by Fiddler and want splashy sets and costumes and can't read subtitles.
See it if The actors were terrific! A deeply moving reminder of what shtetl life was like in Eastern Europe. I laughed and cried!
Don't see it if The only reason not to see this wonderful production would be dislike for supertitles.
See it if you want to see/hear the stories about the 'real' Tevye by the person who wrote the original..
Don't see it if you don't want to struggle with super-titles. you are not into Jewish stories and Jewish humor.
See it if you speak Yiddish. You'll be delighted to hear the actors speaking the colorful language with ease.
Don't see it if you want to learn about SA or to enjoy his stories. I love his writing, but didn't find their charm/humor here. Subtitles awkwardly placed.
See it if You want to get a taste of the real Shalom Aleichem and Tevye stories.
Don't see it if You don't like reading supertitles or you expect to get a comprehensive look at the Tevye stories or the life of Sholom Aleichem
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