EMAV Review: 'Fiddler' gently tugs at the heart strings with timeless tale ★★★★★

★★★★★ - Irresistible

With its hopeful sunrises and melancholy sunsets, Signature Production's "Fiddler on the Roof," playing now at the Summerlin Library Theatre, features eloquent performances with a wide spectrum of feeling to match its colorful skies. Directed by DeAnna Anderson with a traditional telling, there's a clarity to the presentation that conveys the ephemeral nature of life and how the past and future collide to form the present.

The 1964 Tony-winning musical is based on the stories of Sholem Aleichem and the play "Tevya and His Daughters" by Arnold Perl, and written by Joseph Stein (book), Jerry Bock (music), and Sheldon Harnick (lyrics), with Jerome Robbins directing and choreographing. Detractors thought the show downplayed the hardships of collective Jewish experience, but the creators felt its universal themes about tradition, family, faith, and love gave voice to all humanity. And with the world in such upheaval and so many people displaced from their homes, it seems more topical now than ever.

Set in 1905 in the Pale of Settlement of Imperial Russia in a shtetl called Anatevka, dairyman Tevye lives with his wife Golde and their five daughters in a modest home, t