Curated and adapted by Shane Baker & Galit Klas with sketches, monologues and songs by Sholem Aleichem, Louis Gilrod, Abraham Goldfaden, Mikhl Gordon, Arnold Perlmutter, Peretz Sandler & Herman Wohl. New material by Arnold Zable. Presented by The Kadimah. Phoenix Theatre, Elwood, VIC. 29 – 30 October 2016.
‘Sholem Aleichem’ (‘peace be with you’) was the pen name of beloved Yiddish short story writer, novelist, poet and playwright Solomon Naumovich Rabinovich. This show, on the centenary of his death, is a tribute to him and his work, the latter certainly ‘not dead yet’ – as Arnold Zable’s narration tells us. Perhaps Aleichem is best known today, however, for the adaptation of his stories Tevye the Dairyman as the musical Fiddler On The Roof. When he died in New York, his cortege attracted crowds of maybe 100,0