Saturday, August 1, 2009

Fiddler on the Roof

My wife got free tickets again. Today we saw Fiddler on the Roof. The show was in french so the title was "Un violon sur le toit". It was part of the Just for Laughs Festival. Even if the festival itself is over, some productions continue to play.

The show was at Salle Pierre-Mercure. We had to plan how to get there, since there are three festivals this weekend in Montreal and a lot of streets are closed. There is Diverscité, a gai festival, Osheaga, a music and arts festival and Les francofolies, a french music festival. Our plan was good and we got there with time to spare.

When we entered the theatre, it was very cold. But when the show started, we warmed up quickly. It was the first time a saw Fiddler on the Roof. I found it very entertaining and also instructive. I did not know the Jews were driven out of Russia by order of the Tsar. I thought it was only after Staline took power.
The actors were excellent. Most of them are well known local actors. I did not know Martin Larocque (Tevye) could sing that well. Golde, the milkman's wife was played by the always excellent Linda Sorgini.
Tevye (Martin Larocque) and Golde (Linda Sorgini)

At the end, the actors got a well deserved standing ovation. We had a great time. After, we decided to go back home for dinner as Downtown Montreal was very crowded.

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