Jamie Richardson from Colbore, Ontario
DEEPLY MOVING AND HIGHLY ENTERTAINING
Wasn’t sure how a musical could possibly be made from this story and was honestly more than a little skeptical. Have never meant a standing ovation and applause more. All events are handled with just the right amount of humour and/or sorrow. The music and sound resonated well and we had no problem understanding any of the accents. The actors versatility was astounding and we have spent time just trying to remember who played who and it’s surprisingly difficult because they transformed themselves, and the settings, so well by incredibly simple means.
Linda Goeldner from Des Moines, Iowa
MY SON EXPERIENCED THIS
We have just bought tickets to attend Opening Night. so have not seen it yet, but he experienced it and I remember the phone call from him and his experience as a then single guy and the hospitality he received. Looking forward to seeing the show. He has come to DM from Madison WI
Sandra from Ottawa, Ontario
Enjoyed the performance but found the acoustics sadly lacking. Many of the lines were hard to understand and some of the songs were smothered by the music.
Chris Rowland from Oxford Station ON
POOR SOUND DESIGN
This was our first time visiting the NAC and so have no other performance to compare. Sound was very poor in the mezzanine. Could only make out about half of the spoken words and essentially none of the lyrics in choruses. I have to believe this is a sound design issue since I have not heard of acoustical issue in this venue. This irritant was offset by great performances.
William Smith from Bristol, Quebec
ACOUSTICS A PROBLEM
We were prepared to watch this musical from 'Away' - namely the balcony at the NAC. Even those seats were $86. We didn't expect the quality of experience you get from a good orchestra seat. And it is indeed a good story, well-paced and well-acted. But hey, are we not to expect better sound quality than this? It's downright annoying to hear a few chuckles nearby after a clever punchline that you unfortunately haven't heard. Some of the actors came across fairly clearly but others sounded like a jumble of mumbles. I have very good hearing, incidentally. All in all, I wouldn't say it's a great show. But it's a very good one - if you get to hear all of it.
Catherine Reilly from Guelph, Ontario
Here are my thoughts; The band was rockin'.....amazing The story ...known.... minimialist staging...boring... accents and hat changes...amazing Only one solo...sad...she was amazing...choral singing...limited This endeavour was a lucky break for the writers in this current political climate. Linden McIntyre's current novel "The Wake" tells a more heart wrenching story of Newfoundland, the resilience and suffering of its people and its helping hand rescuing Americans
Ian from Ottawa, Ontario
GREAT CAST, COULD NOT HEAR IT IN AMPHITHEATRE LEVEL
Loved it, but the sound was seriously lacking at the amphitheatre level - could not clearly hear ANY of the actors when they spoke individually - really detracted from the show. My wife saw it in NYC originally and said the overall impact was much great. Hopefully they can fix this for future shows.
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