For a Jewish theater company staging its first show in a new venue, “Fiddler on the Roof” would seem an obligatory choice.
After all, that musical still reigns as the big papa of the Jewish theatrical canon. And its central theme, making the best of change, makes for one mighty metaphor.
Thankfully, there’s nothing perfunctory about the “Fiddler” being produced by Arizona Jewish Theatre Company – the professional company uprooted from its central Phoenix playhouse and now, opening its 20th season, having settled into the 300-seat performing arts center at Paradise Valley Community College.
On an elaborate and intricate set (on loan from the Wichita Music Theatre) suggesting a quaint Disney...
By Mark E. Leib
By the Waters of Babylon
American Stage, 211 Third St. S., St. Petersburg, 727-823-PLAY. Runs through Oct. 12. 7:30 p.m. Wed. and Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri. and Sat., and 3 p.m. Sat. and Sun. $24-$39, student rush $10.
Let’s call it the “Conjunction of Opposites” type of play: Two people who couldn’t seem more different are thrown together by fate or law or need or accident, and come, after some difficulties, to respect and love one another. These plays come in the form of Visiting Mr. Green, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, Educating Rita or, these days at American Stage, By the Waters of Babylon. The subtext of the play is idyllic and politically...