This past week, I had the opportunity to re-watch the classic musical Fiddler on the Roof in a Jewish film class I'm taking at The Ohio State University. As the film makers likely intended, I watched the Jewish community of Anatevka with the feeling that the village had some resemblance to my own Jewish community.
Jerry Seinfeld took the stage last night at the Beacon Theatre for the first time in a long time. The excitement coursing through the audience was palpable. I found myself giddy with anticipation and when he appeared onstage after a theatrical post-opener blackout, it was hard to believe that he was there in the flesh.
Old habits die hard. Especially when the habits are religious traditions and the agents of change seek to persecute those traditions. "Fiddler on the Roof," written by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, directed by Phyllis B. Gitlin for the Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage Theatre, is a moving and painful account of the conflict.