Members say: Great acting, Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining, Interesting

About the show

An evening of stories by renowned Jewish writer Sholem Aleichem, the creator of the Tevya stories which became the basis of 'Fiddler on the Roof.' 

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'Tevye Served Raw' features a mix of purely comic non-Tevya stories and comic and dramatic Tevya 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.

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Lavender After Dark

“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


“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

Wolf Entertainment Guide

“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


“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

The Times of Israel

“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

Times Square Chronicles

“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

This Week in New York Blog

“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

Clever, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if if you like vignettes

Don't see it if if you don't like reading supertitles

During previews
Great acting, Interesting, Entertaining, Energetic

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.

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