Theater Notebook: San Diego Rep’s ‘Before Fiddler’ takes Felder and company on the road to Italian Riviera
On Sunday, San Diego Repertory Theatre will host the world premiere of “Before Fiddler — Live from Florence,” Hershey Felder’s sixth music-filled play streamed live from his home in Florence, Italy, since last May.
Fans accustomed to the playwright/actor’s solo shows expect to see him playing piano as he tells the story of a famous composer. But “Before Fiddler” is a first in many ways. Streaming live at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, is about the famous 19th-century Yiddish author and playwright Sholem Aleichem, who was known in his day as the “Jewish Mark Twain.” Several of his semi-autobiographical stories about Tevye the milkman inspired the Broadway musical “Fiddler on the Roof.”
Felder will portray Aleichem, but for this production, most of the music will be performed by Klezmerata Fiorentina, a klezmer quartet of symphony musicians who live in Florence. And for the first time the play will not take