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The Band's Visit Reviews

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Average customer review: 2.0 star rating (2.0 Stars)

Number of reviews: 46



1.0 star rating MM from Innisfil Ontario


Wish I had the two hours back, instead of wasting my time sitting at a Mirvish theatre today. This was awful. Have never left the theatre for any production yet, had there been an intermission I would have. I really can’t justify giving 1 star. But it seems I cannot give it a zero

1.0 star rating Lesley Moore from Toronto, Ontario


This is a bad play. It’s been a very long time since I saw such a bad play at Mirvish. I couldn’t believe they charged me money to see it. I realized why they didn’t have an intermission. It was so I couldn’t walk out. My friend wanted to climb over the seats to get out as she was trapped in her seat in the middle of the row. The characters were not interesting and there were long silences as if they had forgotten the words. On the other hand, there were 6 of us saw this show, and 3 of us hated it and 3 loved it. I think you either love this play or hated it, nothing inbetween.

1.0 star rating JPKoko from Toronto, Ontario


I cannot understand how this production won awards. It’s horrible. It’s 20 minutes of dialogue stretched out over 95 minutes. The pregnant pauses when delivering lines were big enough to drive a truck through. I kept thinking the performers forgot their lines. A couple of good songs and a neat revolving stage were the only highlights. The script and the directing killed it. Do not see this. If you do, remember, I told you so ....

1.0 star rating Geoff and Sharon from Toronto, Ontario


I love the theatre but this show was just plain boring.. Should be a choice for 0 Stars. It did not engage the audience in any way. Many people left half way and we would have too but we were waiting for half time (which didn't happen). Suffice to say the Show Memorabilia stand, selling T shirts, Hats and programs did NOT have a line up If you are an insomniac and need to find a cure, see this show.

1.0 star rating from Toronto, Ontario


A part of the definition of "tedious" is "too long". It wasn't very long, it just seemed that way. Tiresome and monotonous are bang on though. The pregnant pauses were too pregnant, I couldn't identify with any of the characters. The story has potential, but unfortunately that potential was never fulfilled. Difficult to hear, a smaller venue may have been more appropriate.

1.0 star rating from Toronto, Ontario


Never seen such a slow paced musical with so many long breaks of silence and awkward meaningless dialogue. The singers were quite good but goodness gracious, the script was absolutely awful. Having never been to a bad musical before, I was skeptical of the reviews I've read here prior to going. After having experienced it, I wish I would've taken everyone's advice here. Would not recommend.

1.0 star rating Nikki Gauthier from Toronto, Ontario


Sadly did not get anything out of this play/musical. So many still moments, delayed dialogue, like dead wood. Had a few chuckles here and there but this play does not maintain any type of momentum whatsoever. One main plot with three subplots. Difficult to connect with any one character. Three different languages spoken but I can't stay that this deterred the likability for me - LOVED the band at the end and what a shame they did not play more. Actors not faulted here, the storyline lacks serious development.


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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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