In the latest edition of the online publication Cabaret Scenes, Chip Deffaa, who spent 18 years as a theater reporter and critic for The New York Post, reviews Hofstra’s production of Fiddler on the Roof, which was performed at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse from October 23-November 1. Of the production’s star, junior Michael Caizzi, Deffaa writes, that he “commanded the stage from beginning to end with an authority that is rare to find among college players (or older players for that matter). He owned the role completely from his very first words.”
Deffaa continues, “The whole production impressed me. The huge cast consisted entirely of college students, guided by three professionals: director Cindy Rosenthal; choreographer Stas Kmiec; and music director Andrew Abrams—all of whom, incidentally, are alumni of past productions of Fiddler starring the late, great Theodore Bikel. They know this show inside out and were able to do justice of it. … this was the most satisfying college production of any show I’ve seen in a couple of years.”
The Department of Drama and Dance‘s next production is Samuel Beckett’s Endgame, which opens tonight at the Black Box Theater and runs through November 15.