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Average customer review: 2.0 star rating (2.0 Stars)

Number of reviews: 46

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2.0 star rating Hk from Portland, Oregon

SLOW MOVING, HARD TO UNDERSTAND, BORING

Was excited to go to the theater. Always lovely to see a show and be taken to another place for a short amount of time. Unfortunately, this was not able to capture me nor keep my engagement. Spent most my time trying to understand what they were saying. Was waiting to see how the band changed this place….but I just didn’t see that.

2.0 star rating Tamryn N. from Portland, Oregon

THE BAND'S VISIT

This would have been my first theatre production for me to "leave early".... If I had been driving, I would have left with in 45 min. There is talent in this production, great voices, talented musicians for sure. The story line was soooo slow, and so unconnected & hard to follow. Our group of 4 felt the same way.. we got outside and we all said "that was the worst show we have experienced!"

1.0 star rating Very Dissapointed from Toronto, Ontario

BORING. PERIOD

I have no idea how this show managed to win ANY awards. You keep waiting for something to happen... But nothing ever does. The ONLY enjoyable part was the last 5 minutes when the Band FINALLY plays!! Why, oh why wasn't there more of the Band?? Do not waste your theatre dollars on this boring show!

1.0 star rating Kk from Toronto, Ontario

NOT MY TYPE

very slow paced. not interesting at all. Can't compare to Come From Away which is way more uplifting.

1.0 star rating Richard from Stouffville

SLOW, TEDIOUS, BORING

I found this play to be the worst I have ever seen. I wish that there had been an intermission so I could leave but I had to get up and walk out during the performance ; it was that bad.

1.0 star rating Ashley from Toronto, Ontario

DISAPPOINTING

I really wanted to like this and enjoyed the general premise of the play but for a musical there just wasn't enough big numbers for me. Especially for a musical about A BAND! I was in the nosebleed seats and I felt so lost the whole way through, I couldn't really make out what the actors were saying and I couldn't feel any sort of intimacy surrounding their interactions. None of the characters were likeable and I really just didn't care about what happened with them by the end. When they finally broke out into a big number I thought it was the intermission until I realised it was the end!! Feels like something that would have been better in a smaller, more intimate venue or maybe Toronto missed the mark with the execution.

1.0 star rating Ian Lawrence from Toronto, Ontario

THE BANDS VISIT

No redeeming features. Sadly, no intermission making it more difficult to leave early.

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Beautiful MOVING unexpected

Just as song might sweep you away into an unexpected mood so too does Tewfiq's band as their music infiltrates into the lives of these people - and the audience!

Our Broadway reviewer Nicola Quinn saw The Band's Visit in New York City - here's what she thought! "One of my favorite things to do is step into a cinema or theatre having no idea about the narrative that is about to unfold or the "word on the street".

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