Roots Schmoots!: A play which explores and celebrated the Jewish culture at Thea

  • Event: Roots Schmoots!: A play which explores and celebrated the Jewish culture at Thea
  • Start: Woensdag 16 February 00:00 - 00:00

South African actor Saul Reichlin will bring his superb new one-man show ‘Roots Shmoots!’ to Theater PePijn on Saturday, 26 February 2011. The show is abundant in all the wisdom and humour of the Shtetl.


The play is an exploration and celebration of Jewish culture using dramatisations of some of its seminal popular texts. The first half focuses on the comedic short stories of the 19th century writer Sholom Aleichem while the second half is a seamless translation of 'Gimpel the Fool' by Nobel laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer.



The audience can follow the hilarious adventures of Sholom Aleichem himself as he returns to the place of his birth to visit his roots. Such a trip would not be complete, however, without a special appearance by Tevye the Milkman and Menachem Mendel, the matchmaker. It is the treasured and timeless world of Sholom Aleichem, the genius whose stories became ‘Fiddler on the Roof’.


Saul Reichlin, one of the great interpreters of Sholom Aleichem's work toured his first production, ‘Now You’re Talking!’, for five years, playing to full houses in 36 cities in eight countries, including Off Broadway.

"inspirational... a brilliant and flawless performance... The most exciting Jewish storytelling in the world!" - Edinburgh Jewish Telegraph


"A master class in oral storytelling for actors." - Show Business New York

"Reichlin is a veritable force of nature ... loving, entertaining ... it is most infectious." - Chicago Tribune


"Astonishing, Hilarious, a Towering Performance." - London Evening Standard Critics' Choice


English actor, producer and director Saul Reichlin played British Conservative Party leader Michael Howard in the Really Useful Group production ‘Who’s the Daddy?’, winner of the 2005 Best New Comedy Award at the King's Head Theatre in London.


At the Royal National Theatre Saul played in Love for Love and narrated The Three Penny Opera. In 2001 he was nominated Best Actor for his performance in Old Wicked Songs. He has also won a Best Director Award for his own production of The Purification by Tennessee Williams. For Oscar-winning director Anthony Minghella (The English Patient and Cold Mountain) Saul created the role of Robert in Minghella's play Two Planks and a Passion.


When: Saturday, 26 February ~ 20.30

Where: Theater PePijn.

Tickets: € 20 per person.


Reserve your tickets for this show by phoning 070 - 361 05 40 or by visiting


* Reichlin will also perform ‘Roots Schmoots!’ in Amsterdam on 20, 22, 24 and 27 February. Click here for more information.


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