Girl From The North Country
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Girl From The North Country
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Girl From The North Country NYC Reviews and Tickets

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(284 Reviews)
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80%
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Great singing, Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Disappointing

Following a run at London’s Old Vic and a West End transfer, the new show from Olivier winner and Tony Award nominee Conor McPherson and music icon Bob Dylan makes its American premiere.

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945 Reviews | 386 Followers
92
Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Haunting, Profound

See it if You want to see a truly original piece of theatre. Technically a jukebox musical but so unlike one. Gorgeous, relevant, desperate, intense.

Don't see it if If you can’t handle a mosaic of plot and themes swirling around you sometimes not making sense till later when you see the whole picture. Read more

705 Reviews | 214 Followers
70
Slow, Intelligent, Artsy, Disjointed, Bleak

See it if Struggling characters in the Great Depression. Soft, slow rearrangements of Dylan songs. Good performances.

Don't see it if A play scene, a Dylan song, another play scene etc. Felt disjointed. I couldn’t get absorbed into either the play or the music.

567 Reviews | 146 Followers
81
Disappointing, Indulgent, Great singing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Foreigner's jukebox take on 20 Dylan hymns in Depression-era America. Large cast laments the times and troubles they have seen. Lyrical.

Don't see it if Depressing Dylan Depression. Appears that scissors were taken to a McPherson play and requiems were inserted here, stop, and here, and stop. Read more

510 Reviews | 129 Followers
91
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Involving

See it if you enjoy brilliant staging & singing; you like Dylan & the enchanting way songs are used, even if not always explicit to the story. Mare W!

Don't see it if sorrowful story but you root & care for almost everyone on stage; you don't like stories with a heart; extremely talented cast/musicians. Read more

469 Reviews | 257 Followers
98
One of the most exquisite evenings of theatre i have experienced in a long time, Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you love Bob Dylan's music. Or if you want to see how McPherson uses the music artfully to comment on the characters' moods and thoughts.

Don't see it if you don't like bleak stories. Read more

504 Reviews | 56 Followers
79
Great music. great staging. interesting story. very little heart.

See it if You appreciate Bob Dylan and provocative creative theatre.

Don't see it if You want heartfelt story.

463 Reviews | 128 Followers
86
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Great singing

See it if You want to see a truly one of a kind show. It’s not a musical, it’s not exactly a play with music because the play +music can stand alone.

Don't see it if You can’t deal with plays that don’t follow all the rules in their structure. And not a play that allows you to just sit back and watch ! Read more

432 Reviews | 93 Followers
84
Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging, Masterful, Riveting

See it if You like off beat musicals with stellar musicians and vocalists giving a snap shot look at an interesting moment in time.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals or quirky stories that deal with flawed humans.

Critic Reviews (37)

The New York Times
October 1st, 2018

"A rich and strange marriage of the talents...If you’re a hard-core Dylan fan, you’ve heard these songs before. But, for me at least, they’ve never sounded quite so heartbreakingly personal and universal at the same time...The most imaginative and inspired use to date of a popular composer’s songbook in this blighted era of the jukebox musical...A uniformly excellent American cast that wears its roles like confining and prickly skins."
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Time Out New York
October 1st, 2018

"The show makes Dylan’s songs as unfamiliar as it can; it freezes them in timelessness...'Girl from the North Country' doesn’t have much plot, but it provides a compelling setting for Dylan’s plangent lyrics, whose range encompasses yearning, bitter confusion and grace. McPherson uses Dylan’s songs as atmosphere in the broadest sense: They are the air the characters breathe. And when the musical’s cool gains force, it acquires a piercing chill."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
October 1st, 2018

"The play is a somber, self-serious affair. In searching for the soul in Dylan’s tunes, McPherson, who also directs the show, and his orchestrator and arranger Simon Hale have consistently sapped them of their mischievous spark...'Girl From the North Country' never quite stops feeling like a dirge, and though its large cast is full of marvelous singers, their individual characters are less real people than they are a hodgepodge of archetypal Americana."
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New Yorker
October 14th, 2018

"McPherson attempts to surround several of Dylan’s tunes with a frame vague enough to contain their poetry and broad enough to relate their social truths...A show that fully accepted the challenge of Dylan’s elusive balance between unstable consciousness and tough social fact might have told more of its story through the lives of these two women...A different setting in time might have helped as well...McPherson offers up plenty of people...but never a voice, or a mind, like Dylan’s."
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The Hollywood Reporter
October 1st, 2018

"Rather than artificially shoehorning songs into a purpose-built narrative, McPherson artfully builds a novelistic tapestry of archetypal figures, the poor and disenfranchised of an America suspended in time, using Dylan's pungently expressive lyrics...These people and their grim situations are carved out of a familiar Americana mold, and yet under McPherson's probing direction, the actors transcend melodramatic cliché, endowing their characters with battered humanity."
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Entertainment Weekly
October 1st, 2018

"The challenge of collaborating with this monumental body of work trips up the much-acclaimed McPherson. His words — blustery, profane, biting — never find a way to mesh with the evocative, easy poetry of the troubadour himself...The cast and on-stage band put over the songs well in their new arrangements. But even as you’re tapping your toes, you may well be shaking your head: Why this upbeat rendition of 'The Hurricane' just after tragedy hits?"
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Variety
October 1st, 2018

"Some of Dylan’s songs are a poor fit for this highly specific setting...But that doesn’t invalidate McPherson’s insight that Dylan’s narrative lyrics express a sense of existential detachment, of longing for connection that reflect the uncertainties of 1930s America...Better to sit back and just enjoy the music — and credit McPherson with giving each song the gift of clarity. If not always apropos to their dramatic moments, the lyrics are clearly intelligible."
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The Observer
October 1st, 2018

"For me, the heartbreak is that Conor McPherson, an artist dear to my heart, has written and staged such a disappointing play...More problematic than the loose, decorative deployment of the songs is the play itself. McPherson seems to have ransacked every cliché he could find about American society and culture between the wars, and shoehorned them into a narrative that meanders without momentum."
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