Fruma-Sarah

Jackie Hoffman stars as Ariana Russo, who isn't exactly the star of Fiddler on the Roof portraying Fruma-Sarah. Original photos by Hunter Canning.
I attended a crowded, sold-out show. Find out what happened.

By Andrew Andrews

Ariana Russo sits backstage for the Roselle Park Theatrical Society’s production of Fiddler on the Roof, tethered to the fly system as she impatiently awaits her appearance as Fruma-Sarah, a ghost who will fly eight feet above the stage in the second half of the show.

Swigging bourbon from a flask that she fails to conceal from substitute volunteer fly-rail operator Margo Peterson, the aging Ariana complains about everyone from star performer Annie O’Brien, to her ex-husband Steven and his young gay lover Mateo.

Kicking off with hilarious quips that elicit laughter from everyone in the audience, Ariana’s diatribe turns increasingly saturnine as the effects of the alcohol take hold on this lonely “single woman of a certain age.”

Starring Emmy nominee Jackie Hoffman with Kelly Kinsella in the supporting role, Fruma-Sarah brings backstage drama front-and-center for a few dozen fully-vaccinated audience members at The Cell.

Kelly Kinsella supports Hoffman as her character Margo Peterson literally and figuratively supports Russo.

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Andrew Andrews attended Fruma-Sarah at The Cell Theatre in New York on Saturday, July 3, 2021 @ 8:00pm to write this review.

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