See it if You like great stories of revenge. Great writing, acting and music.
Don't see it if you don't like dark humor.
See it if You like dark or romantic stories, a fan of Kander and Ebb or Chita.
Don't see it if You like light fluffy or airy musicals.
See it if you enjoy non-traditional musicals. This is dark, weird, intense. The fascinating story engrosses for the short run-time. Chita is stunning.
Don't see it if you are squeamish. The music is not K&E's best, but there was much to like. Excellent use of yellow! Imposing set. Insight into the psyche. Read more
See it if You love Chita Rivera and Kander and Ebb
Don't see it if you dislike think-y theater.
See it if You want to see Chita Rivera one last time before she retires from the stage.
Don't see it if You don't like darker musicals.
See it if you've never seen Chita Rivera on stage (she's a legend and it's her final Broadway performance) and you like dark material.
Don't see it if you're in the mood for something light and fluffy.
See it if You want to see Chita Rivera. But you won't want to see her after seeing the play. The topic was awful, music atonal, very dreary production
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See it if something different and darker from most Broadway musicals would fit the bill. This is a tale of karma twisted into a cruel comeuppance.
Don't see it if you want a popcorn show for your viewing pleasure. This unique take on consequences when there is no forgiveness is compelling, not fluffy.
"'The Visit' only rarely shakes off a stasis that suggests a carefully carved mausoleum frieze. Nor does the show ever quite make peace between its uneasily twinned strands of merciless cynicism and a softer sentimentality...'That 'The Visit' still holds the attention has much to do with Ms. Rivera’s command of the stage...'The Visit' may in part be about the cruel price that life exacts if you stick around long enough. But Ms. Rivera adds a savory note of triumph to that bitter lesson."
"It remains fascinating and alluring, if finally repetitive and frustrating...For all its flaws, though, you would never say the cast and crew of this often hypnotizing, eerie experiment were driven by fear or the lust for lucre."
"The better the songs are, the weirder the show gets. There is, it seems to me, something ultimately incompatible in the marriage of this prime example of the European absurd and American show-must-go-on razzmatazz. Alienation and gregariousness make strange co-stars, but then so did Kander and Ebb. What a joy to have them back on Broadway and to think that, even half-dead, they’re unkillable."
"A second-tier Kander and Ebb score is better than a lot of musical craftsmen's best, which makes 'The Visit' a welcome curiosity...The funereal show's shortage of tonal variation makes it harder to love...One of the production's rewards is the thrilling choral singing and exquisitely textured harmonies. But unquestionably, the reason to see 'The Visit' even with its flaws is the star."
"The show is more literary piece than conventional musical. But it has a dark, sinister beauty...It begins well and ends well, but sags in the middle."
"This production was worth the wait...'The Visit' is a cynical tragicomedy whose score is as gorgeous as its heart is hard. If that’s your cup of arsenic, you’ve come to the right apothecary...'The Visit' isn’t for everyone. But Mr. Kander and his late, lamented partner never wrote a finer score, and if you find that there isn’t much kick in the milk of human kindness, then you’ll thrill to their cruel tale of what men who dare to call themselves decent will do to one another if the price is right."
"The show has deepened greatly...Kander’s music has never stopped evolving in its beauty, complexity and breadth, and the melodies here get under your skin even if the lyrics are not up to Ebb’s best. McNally’s compressed book does the job elegantly. I can’t imagine this show appealing to a Broadway audience seeking upbeat thrills, but I’m glad it finally made it here."
"It remains a weird musical...this show most assuredly deserves to be here, if feeling, music and craft are the perennial guideposts. Sometimes they just take you to strange, difficult places, as they should."