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Our Critics on ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ ‘Searching for Gabriela,’ and ‘[title of show]’

A musical about a musical about musicals may sound headachingly self-referential, but “it’s also very funny” says Sophie Gilbert, who describes [title of show] as a “witty pastiche of our reality-obsessed culture, a sort of Big Brother take on Broadway—with a sense of humor and some fabulous solo numbers, naturally.” If navel gazing isn’t your thing, there’s the National Theatre’s production of Fiddler on the Roof, starring Harvey Fierstein in the role of Tevye. “[He] has a knack for squeezing every drop of expression out of a passing look or silence, and his sometimes flamboyant interpretation is rich even if his peasant character is not,” says Gwendolyn Purdom of Fierstein’s performance. Closing this weekend is Searching for Gabriela at the Source theater. “[It] isn’t terribly uplifting,” warns Jason Koebler of the play, which, though mostly conducted in English, contains songs performed in Spanish by the cast. “Translations of the songs are provided, but something is lost in the process.” ¿Que?

For more theater reviews, including Little Shop of Horrors and Reasons to Be Pretty, take a look at our earlier post.

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