Tevye Served Raw
Tevye Served Raw

Tevye Served Raw NYC Reviews and Tickets

(15 Ratings)
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Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Delightful

About the Show

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.' 

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Show-Score Member Reviews (15)

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54 Reviews | 8 Followers
Great acting, Refreshing, Funny, Clever, Delightful

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.

84 Reviews | 12 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Funny, Quirky

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. Read more

122 Reviews | 16 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Funny, Intelligent

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.

271 Reviews | 66 Followers
Energetic, Interesting, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You love Tevye, Alecheim, or Yiddish Theater.

Don't see it if You don’t want to read supertitles. About half the stories use them. Read more

396 Reviews | 42 Followers
Clever, Entertaining, Funny

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.

1165 Reviews | 389 Followers
Loud, Too much translation, Slow, Disappointing, Overrated

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. Read more

22 Reviews | 4 Followers
Intelligent, Hilarious, Quirky, Clever, Delightful

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.

31 Reviews | 3 Followers
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Ambitious

See it if You know about Yiddish culture and love Yiddish humor.

Don't see it if You hate fast paced silly fun

Critic Reviews (16)

New York Arts
February 8th, 2019

"The essential sweetness-cum-pathos of Aleichem’s life and his genius...This Tevye is a small work that elicits chuckles, not guffaws; sniffs, not sobs. The actors work hard and even brings the audience into the act...It’s delightful to see the Tevye characters interpreted from the inside out with minimal costumes...It celebrates what makes us interconnected humans with the attendant joys and sorrows...The show is an appealing combination of sadness and humor."
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February 13th, 2019

"Take one black-box theater, three superb actors, and material that is, in turn, funny, poignant, nostalgic, and powerful, and the result is magic...In the hands of Yelena Shmulenson and Allen Lewis Rickman, and Shane Baker, the material presented has the ring of authenticity...Ms. Shmulenson and Messrs. Rickman and Baker are clearly proficient in Yiddish, but those who don’t speak Mama Loshen have nothing to fear."
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February 3rd, 2019

"The majority of the show is funny and plays around with exaggerated Jewish stereotypes...The actors articulated the historic language with what seemed like professional ease...I don’t think you have to be Jewish or even Jewishly inclined to enjoy what this touching and hilarious show has to offer. 'Tevye' has something for everyone, Jewish, Yiddish-speaking or none of the above. Beyond tradition, as a celebration of the things that make us human, 'Tevye' succeeds."
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July 30th, 2018
For a previous production

"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."
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July 19th, 2018
For a previous production

"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."
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Theater Pizzazz
July 22nd, 2018
For a previous production

"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."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
September 13th, 2018
For a previous production

"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."
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Wolf Entertainment Guide
July 20th, 2018
For a previous production

“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.”
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