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Thaaaat's It!

Today in the Word, February 10, 1993

Tony Award-winning director Jerry Zaks remembers one of his first acting roles, on tour with Zero Mostel in Fiddler on the Roof. "I had one critical line, &ls;Even a poor tailor is entitled to some happiness.' I was supposed to shout it at Zero, right in his face, and I was sure I was giving my all. But every night, just before the line, he'd whisper, &ls;Give it to me. Come on, give it to me.'

"Finally I got so angry I just lost it. I stood up on my toes. I went white; I screamed; I was actually spitting in that face I detested so much, &ls;Even a poor tailor is entitled to some happiness!' And this time, the audience roared. And Zero said to me under his breath, &ls;Thaaaat's it! Thaaaat's it!"