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Girl From The North Country

From 243 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Great staging, Absorbing, Great acting, Slow

About the show

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. More…

Dylan’s inimitable songbook is transformed into the story of a down-on-its-luck community on the brink of change in Duluth, Minnesota in 1934. 


Member Reviews (243)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Great staging, Absorbing, Great acting, Slow
80
Avg Score

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.

Also I absolutely LOVED this show. So glad I got to see it at The Public. I... Read more Read less

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.

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.

Also There must have been one happy bloke in America in 1931.

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 !

Also Very clever work that is made up of two very separate elements. The mu... Read more Read less

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.

Also One of the finest ensemble of actors currently treading the boards. Ea... Read more Read less

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.

Also Though this is a musical based on Dylan's songbook, this is the most "... Read more Read less

80
Great singing, Great staging, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you like Bob Dylan's music, great acting/singing/staging, and story that tackles social issues. Fortunately this is not a jukebox musical.

Don't see it if you're expecting an upbeat jukebox musical or revue. The songs are reinterpreted to fit a dramatic storyline.

Also I would expect this to be Broadway-bound. It is a great piece of theat... Read more Read less

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.

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.

87
Great singing, Absorbing, Riveting, Entertaining, Great music

See it if A story of one family, one town, in Depression-era Minnesota. The music was amazing. The story was compelling.

Don't see it if The play was ultimately sad and depressing. Nothing uplifting to be seen here.

77
Ambitious, Great singing, Intense, Sentimental, Sad

See it if you like the songs of Bob Dylan and want to experience them in a new, creative way.

Don't see it if you've seen enough sentimental, sad stories about down and out, salt of the earth people. Characters were a bit of a cliche.

90
Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Must see, Delightful

See it if you are a Dylan fan, and a fan of depression era stories well told. Actors are terrific, voices wonderful, the real deal jukebox musical

Don't see it if if you are a Dylan purist, these songs are rescored for the text, but they never sounded this way before

93
Absorbing, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Great music

See it if nontraditional musical with Dylan songs; story set in Minn. during Depression & involving many types of loss, loneliness; great characters

Don't see it if want a typical jukebox musical where songs act as the dialogue or where a contrived plot is based on the songs; want a happy story

Also The songs are frequently sung before an old-fashioned microphone with ... Read more Read less

91
Riveting, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing, Great staging

See it if SUPERB use of Dylan songs which feel organic to story & characters in compelling tale of Depression-era boarding house residents in Duluth.

Don't see it if you're not drawn by exceptional theater w/Eugene O'neill-type story/characters + GRAND HOTEL-type structure + Dylan's music. Pulls you in!

Also I predict this will move to Broadway.

73
Resonant, Intelligent, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you are a fan of playwright Conor McPherson and/or just a fan of Bob Dylan because the combination will surprise you.

Don't see it if having Stephen Bogardus, Marc Kudisch, David Pittu, and Mare Winningham along with other cast members doesn't excite something inside you.

76
Atmospheric, Depressing, Moody, Great singing, Dylan songs are reimagined in an inventive way

See it if You're a Dylan fan who likes serious drama.

Don't see it if You're in the mood for something light or if you don't care for complicated plays.

Also For me, each element was spectacular, but they didn't quite add up to ... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing

See it if You want to enjoy a unique theatrical experience written and directed by Conor McPherson. Dylan's songs are beautifully used in the fabric

Don't see it if You prefer lighter, comedic plays. The story will not lift up your mood.However, you will be uplifted by the wonderful performances.

Also of the play. The story revolves around a Depression era boarding house... Read more Read less

82
Cliched, Disappointing, Great singing, Great music, Intelligent

See it if You want to hear deep Dylan cuts beautifully arranged and sung. You want to see a Depression era play with some great acting and uneven plot

Don't see it if You like your musicals to have plot advanced by song or song motivated by plot. You're expecting a jukebox musical.

Also Ultimately, although the music is lovely, the lush Dylan covers are mo... Read more Read less

95
Great singing, Great staging, Depression-era pastiche, Evocative, Must see

See it if You love Dylan. You appreciate bold and creative attempts at melding drama and music. You want to be swept away by music and story...

Don't see it if You want a conventional musical.

Also Mare Winningham and Kimber Sprawl are stunning. Run, don't walk.

97
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Must see

See it if Fabulous set piece of Dylan storytelling. What a cast! Mare! Has the feeling of an Altman film...delicious.

Don't see it if No reason. This NOT a jukebox musical.

83
Absorbing

See it if Heartache to heartache, Bob Dylan songs weaved in a house of lonely strangers each with their dark pasts and potentially grimmer futures.

Don't see it if Financial troubles, sexual assault, racism, mental/health issues, among other losses are too depressing for you. Gun/shots are triggering.

Also Ticket from online rush for $27.50. Seat was third from the last row, ... Read more Read less

80
Dark, Beautiful, Actor/musician, Jukebox, Great singing

See it if You want to see a cross between Once, Spring Awakening, and the darkest episode of Prairie Home Companions News From lake Wobegon EVER.

Don't see it if You dislike Bob Dylan's lyrics. The orchestrations are lightyears away from Dylan's own but the lyrics are intact.

Also “Wait a minute Bill. I’m not a playwright.” -Bob Dylan... Read more Read less

95
Exquisite, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing, Must see

See it if Like a tone poem with a Dylan soundtrack that magnifies the sense of loneliness,loss and longing among inhabitants of depression era hotel

Don't see it if It’s not a jukebox musical- not really a musical- it defies categories in its originality so don’t go if you want Dylan’s greatest hits

Also It’s elegiac in its evocation of mood and feeling with the most extrao... Read more Read less

90
Intense, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you love great writing (McPerson and Dylan), superb cast, great singing and have a bit of the Irish in you (even if you aren't Irish)

Don't see it if you expect a happy ending musical or Broadway glitz

Also I think this is the first time I have really understood the complexity... Read more Read less

64
Disappointing, Great staging, Cliche ridden, Inconsistent, Great music

See it if You can forgive a rather ludicrous cliche ridden and wooden book in order to experience great music beautifully staged and sung.

Don't see it if You cannot forgive a bad book.


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 song...
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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 son...
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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 dirg...
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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...
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