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for a previous production "Although the musical touches briefly on interesting aspects of the passengers’ feelings many of the self-narrated stories here fall into the lower-grade category of tales of inconvenience...It’s as a unit that the dozen actors, with Ashley’s intelligent guidance, ring the most urgent emotionality out of the material...If the book’s mechanics unfold with too much sugar, the score has an infectious, gritty vitality." Full Review
for a previous production "A superb new show…A moving, thoroughly entertaining tribute to international amity and the indomitable human spirit…In only their second attempt at a musical, Sankoff and Hein maintain a hard-edged reality that old pros would envy…Each actor pulls full ensemble weight, though standouts are Lee MacDougall and Sharon Wheatley as spontaneous lovers, and Caesar Samayoa’s Egyptian passenger confronting suspicion and fear." Full Review
for a previous production "An inspired and highly original piece whose structure is wed beautifully to its story...Ashley directs the show with a graceful yet propulsive flow...The real-life backdrop serves the work’s admirable authenticity, but one consequence is that the latter half feels short on conflict, as the characters grow more comfortable with each other and their plight…And then there are flashes of theatrical magic…In such quietly potent moments as those, 'Come From Away' takes wing." Full Review
for a previous production "What makes it different is also what makes it so very special. Sankoff and Hein seem to buck every rule of the musical theatre and the result is one of the most refreshing pieces of art that I have seen in years. The folk and country influenced pop score is tuneful and the cast sings the hell out of it...And it earns every tear, laugh, and cheer that it deservedly gets." Full Review
for a previous production "Ashley maintains a frenetic pace. He never lets off the gas, but, by the same token, rarely allows for stillness...Everything about 'Come From Away' is built for big-eyed impressiveness...It’ll be so much fun that you’ll hardly notice the paucity of pace variation and lack of overarching story through the speed and not-so-serious angle. Just let this new musical wash over you and you’ll leave with a smile." Full Review
for a previous production "The numerous songs move the story forward rather than stop it, and fit perfectly with a carefully constructed book...The cast is exceptional at creating, embracing, and putting forth a sense of community, while still standing out as individuals...'Come From Away' is a wholly satisfying evening of theatre - a bit of a throwback kind of musical, but with enough contemporary edge, and certainly relevance." Full Review
for a previous production "With conversational lyrics and direct-address dialogue, 'Come From Away' has the feel of a documentary play...Despite 9/11 being always in the background, 'Come From Away' is a funny show...'Come From Away' may be a celebration of humanity – but it is not starry-eyed...The accessible story, strong emotional core and gorgeous songwriting should not distract from how original and smart this gem of a musical is." Full Review
for a previous production "An especially timely, meaningful balm to the benumbed psyche. A rousing, inspiring yet unpretentious show…’Come From Away’ features a smartly choreographed acting ensemble loaded with versatility and presence…This isn’t, thankfully, a Hallmark Channel version of events…It merits a broad audience for its thoughtful depiction of the kindness of strangers…It honors our capacity for humble goodness and mutual empathy in the shadow of faith-shattering evil." Full Review
for a previous production "The best new, original musical I've ever seen...The production is brilliant directed by Christopher Ashley who perfectly paces the drama while bringing enough comedy to the piece to keep it from being overwhelming. Sankoff and Hein's score is enchanting, and full of songs that will stay with you long after you leave the theatre. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll be a better person when you leave the theatre." Full Review
for a previous production "This is one of the best new shows I’ve seen. The world is ready for this...The show includes real events and stories from the town and the actual passengers...The music and dialogue by Sankoff and Hein was absolutely superb, giving us laughs and tears constantly throughout. The direction couldn’t have been any stronger; Ashley outdid himself with this piece...I can’t really stress how important this show is to everyone." Full Review
for a previous production "Here are real people and personal stories on both sides of the equation, all brought to life by only a dozen superb actors in a true ensemble. And by terrific music...The mood is energetic throughout, but switches seamlessly between celebratory and fierce. 'Come from Away' tells dozens of individual stories — some with only a brilliant line or two — and a general tale of the indelible bond created...This production is quick, smart, funny, deeply affecting." Full Review
for a previous production "A big-hearted, thoroughly enjoyable new musical...A talented and versatile cast all play multiple roles and switch between identities as locals and 'plane people,' underlining the message of shared humanity....It is far from subtle. But appreciation of it is greatly enhanced by the knowledge that the musical’s storylines are based in truth...The show is full of engaging, surprising and often funny details as we are invited to look at the complexities of the influx of 'come from aways.'" Full Review
for a previous production "The best musical I've seen all year and possibly ever...The characters, story and above all the music of the show are infectious to the level of soul invading…This highly emotional show is brilliantly directed by Ashley…12 very gifted actors transform themselves from one persona to another with ease…The story, the music, the performances; everything about it came together in a blissful mélange of brilliance…If you miss this one, you'll regret it for the rest of your theatrically subpar life." Full Review
for a previous production "A heart-warming show, but there’s almost nothing sentimental about it. Both in its substance and in its treatment, it’s outstandingly sensible. It drives but it doesn’t rush. The cleverest but also the most honest thing about it may be the way it deploys its cast...It’s ingenious, it’s invigorating, and it’s never confusing...The atmosphere is warm, but never insultingly folksy. The score, mostly tight and rockish, goes traditional for one ebullient sequence...It barrels seamlessly through." Full Review
for a previous production "One of the most engaging shows I’ve ever seen, alternately upbeat and sad, boisterous and quiet. Every aspect of ‘Come From Away’ is pitch-perfect, starting with the tightly written script and the infectious Celtic-rock music…The 12-member cast is stellar…It’s the personal stories that make ‘Come From Away’ such a powerful experience….A buoyant evening of first-rate theater." Full Review
for a previous production "Rarely over the decades have I seen an audience leap to its feet as quickly...A bravura production…At the very center of the play, in terms of plot, timing and theme, is an incredibly powerful song called ‘Prayer.’ In a sonic miracle, the hopes and fears of at least four major religions are harmonized. Director Christopher Ashley pulls together an incredibly diverse number of characters and subplots. He balances a wide range of emotions effectively…This is an evening not to be missed." Full Review
for a previous production "With a Celtic flavor and outstanding instrumentals, the combinations of folksy sounds and beautiful ballads — along with superb acting — transport the audience to a time and place unlike any other they’ve visited via a theatrical performance…'Come From Away' could well be another Tony winner. Touching, entertaining and thoroughly absorbing, it’s a rather magical piece that makes audiences care about its characters…See it." Full Review
See it if you like GREAT musicals: compelling story, superb music & singing, exceptional ensemble performance. THIS SHOW GETS EVERYTHING RIGHT!
Don't see it if you don't want to be touched by an extraordinary blend of story, music, and movement. Richly deserves thundering standing ovation it gets!
See it if You want to see a heartwarming and poignant show about how to behave with kindness. This felt so important in today's uncertain climate.
Don't see it if You cannot relive anything that reminds you of 9/11.
See it if You enjoy stories of humanity, kindness & people coming together. A feel good story. Cast is excellent. Left the theater with a smile!
Don't see it if You don't want to see a story about 9/11, even though the outcome is a touching & moving show. The story is very well constructed.
See it if beautiful moving story. Great fun music & singing. Great characters and voices. A musical for everyone.
Don't see it if you don't care about limited (though creative) staging. Themes of 9-11 are too close for comfort.
See it if you're looking for incredibly moving new musical about the human spirit. Beautiful music. Incredible feeling being in that theatre.
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See it if you want a cathartic emotional release about your anxieties about our darkening world in a show about human kindness in times of darkness.
Don't see it if The dizzying pace of the intricately interlaced songs and stories with numerous different characters is too confusing for you to take.
See it if you're intrigued by the storyline of the planes in Gander - and are ok being told the tale with an over abundance of levity.
Don't see it if you cringe at the thought of "camp" and broad humor melding with this 9/11 tale.
See it if A mostly bare stage, few tables and chairs, small cast with round robin roles and a small onstage band convey the world as it was 9/11-9/15
Don't see it if September 11 remains a raw wound you cannot tolerate having prodded. You want flash and spectacle. You need an intermission in 110 minutes.
See it if A seemingly impossible feat is achieved here - a feel-good musical about 9/11. Humor & sadness & pathos all combined. Beautifully done!
Don't see it if This is mostly sung-thru; actors play multiple roles. Sets are basic. The magic is in the music & true story & how it grabs your emotions .
See it if You want to be swept away by a wonderful, compelling night of theater that has much to say. It stays with you after the night is over.
Don't see it if You want to see a conventional musical. This is much more original that that,
See it if fantastic performances, spirited show that reveals our humanity and connects with our emotions; audience jumped up for a standing ovation
Don't see it if you don't like modern musicals with contemporary language, costumes, etc.
See it if Who would think a musical referring to 9/11 would charm and rouse an audience? A valentine to the people of Newfoundland who hosted 7000...
Don't see it if ...unhappy and confused travelers is never saccharine & always respectful. Atypical physical casting aids sense of real peoples' anguish.
See it if You like an ensemble piece and seeing people playing different characters. The music is great, and the message is heart-warming.
Don't see it if You don't like simple storylines. You want the musical to go into depth. Or the 911 memory disturbs you.
See it if you like unfussy musicals (like ONCE). The book is well-done, with lots of interwoven stories. Music and lyrics are fine, but unmemorable.
Don't see it if you want costumes, sets, dance numbers, a full orchestra. CFA is simple, w/the focus on the talented ensemble. A miracle to find hope in 911
See it if Easy show to connect with emotionally given the subject; surprisingly funny and sweet - shed fewer tears than expected
Don't see it if You are looking for a flashy show or can't stand exposition - very few surprises and poignant moments
See it if You want a good time! Great story! Great acting and singing! Very entertaining! Touching story! For teens and older
Don't see it if If you don't like musicals don't see this. Other then that it's a great show
See it if true story about how the people from Gander's humanity, generosity, and solidarity helped so many travelers following the tragedy of 9/11
Don't see it if you don't have a heart.
See it if you'd like to know more about the good that came from a tragedy; you don't mind being told dozens of anecdotes instead of a story.
Don't see it if you want plot, character, finesse instead of gee-whiz factoids about Gander, Newfoundland; don't like pep-rallys & treacle.
See it if you enjoy non-stop journeys of song that will will lift you up, while exporing humanity's goodness and perseverance during troubling times.
Don't see it if can't confront the events of 9/11; struggle when actors switch roles mid-song; don't want to be emotionally touched; need elaborate staging
See it if you like fact based stories about the absolute best of humanity, in a spare, lively very sweet production. I want the cast recording!
Don't see it if you're looking for big production numbers, fancy costumes or something heavy. Be ready to alternate crying, clapping & smiling like a fool.
See it if You want to hear one note of song repeating itself. It bored me after a short time although the concept was sweet. The singing was great.
Don't see it if You mind sitting through a show that ran close to two hours when I saw it and there was no intermission. It didn't hold my attention.
See it if you want to restore your faith in humanity.you want to smile and tear up at the same time.you want a glimpse of light from the darkest times
Don't see it if you are looking for something mostly driven by plot. this is an ensemble piece with little room for character development.
See it if Fast paced little known true story with likeable characters cleverly morphing into different roles. Upbeat entertainment despite 911 events.
Don't see it if You want an elaborate stage and showstopping songs.