April 2016

Mazel & Mishagoss


By Stephanie Lewis


Therapist: Before we begin, I’d like to remind you that anything discussed here stays in strict confidence.


Golda: Do you hear that, Tevye? No sharing with the big guy upstairs.


Tevye: As the good book says, “He who allows God into every aspect of his marriage…”


Golda: Ugh, you can die from such a man.


Tevye: Golda, you’re hurting my feelings.


Golda: Why should today be different?


Tevye: Hey that’s my line. You stole my line. Straight outta the dinner scene before we sing The Sabbath Prayer.


Therapist: Hold up, folks. Why don’t we back up. Tevye, tell your wife how that makes you feel.


Tevye: Like you don’t care about me. Golda, do you love me?


Golda: Do I what?? Do I love him?


Therapist: Yes, Golda. But turn and face Tevye. Speak directly to your husband.


Golda: Do I love you? With our daughters getting married and this trouble in the town. Maybe it’s indigestion. Go lie down.


Tevya: See that? That’s her typical M.O. Never answers my questions. If I had a dollar for every time she was evasive, I’d be a …


Therapist: Again with the Rich Man? Money is the world’s curse.


Golda: You tell him Anna. Or do you prefer Ms. Tevka?


Therapist: Anatevka is just fine.


Golda: Anatevka, underfed, overworked —


Therapist: Never mind that right now. I think we’re getting closer to identifying the real problem.


Golda: That’s right. For 25 years, I’ve lived with him, fought with him, starved with him. Even milked his cow! But I never dreamed we’d be in therapy right now.


Tevye: Precisely. You never dream. That’s your problem.


Golda: Oh my prophetic Joseph, you big fat Dreamer, you.


Therapist: We don’t name call in this room.


Golda: You think I haven’t figured out that’s how you get your own way? Embellishing Fruma Sara to be some larger-than-life scary bully. In reality, the butcher’s dead wife was only 4ft. 8.


Tevye: Golda, never forget that I’m the master of the house and I get to have the final word. And I want to see Motel’s sewing machine right now. And don’t give me your, “after supper, you’ll faint” shtick.


Therapist: Tsk, control issues. Perhaps it’s time to talk about equal divisions of power and labor. What do you do all day, Golda?


Golda: Ha! And who does mama teach to mend and tend and fix?? So Papa’s free to read the holy books!


Therapist: Wow, that didn’t even rhyme.


Tevye: Let’s just skip through the first act. The real disaster comes toward the end when our third daughter marries a gentile.


Golda: And now you won’t even speak to our little bird, our Chavala. She’s dead to you.


Tevye: If I try and bend that far, I’ll break.


Therapist: On the other hand . . .


Tevye: No! No! There is no other hand!


Therapist: Okay, okay. Clearly we’re at an impasse. And looking at the time, I think we must stop our session now.


Tevye: C’mon Golda, let’s go have a drink. I told you this psychobabble is for the birds. A bird could love a fish but where would they build a home?


Therapist: In a pet shop?


Tevye: Oy, it was rhetorical.


Receptionist: Anatevka, your next clients are here . . . a Fanny Brice and a Nicky Arnstein?


Therapist: Show them in. At least she’s a Funny Girl.


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  2. I absolutely loved this! As a “Fiddler on the Roof” fan, I so appreciated it!

    Can’t wait to read about Fanny and Nicky!

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