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Come From Away Reviews

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Average customer review: 4.0 star rating (3.9 Stars)

Number of reviews: 34



3.0 star rating 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.

3.0 star rating Chris Rowland from Oxford Station ON


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.

3.0 star rating William Smith from Bristol, Quebec


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.

3.0 star rating 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 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

3.0 star rating Lorraine from London, Ontario


the play was good but I was distracted by the loud music coming from a bar whose beat made hearing the musical difficult at times .... just disappointing

2.0 star rating Ian from Ottawa, Ontario


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.

2.0 star rating Paid a bunch and couldn’t hear a thing! from Ottawa, Ontario


Firstly, I don’t want to shed a negative light on the NAC and such a popular play, but I have to say something here. Our party of four could not hear most of the play. I would give it one star but everyone else is giving it five. We were there Aug 24 at NAC, box on the balcony level. Total waste of time if this is typical of the performances and not a technical anomaly?


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BEAUTIFUL moving Original

Everything about this show is accessible, nothing feels forced or contrived, it is simply honest and real, and truly beautiful!

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