50 words: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at Portland Center Stage

A big show on the city’s biggest stage. Captivating from first tableau. Spare design leaves room for imagination. Strong cast thoroughly inhabit the material. Coleman orchestrates a technically polished, heartfelt production of this somewhat old-fashioned epic. Long first act. In defense of tradition: Mic-ing spoken words removes human, live touch.

3-stars

Thru November 3