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Girl From The North Country

From 261 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Disappointing

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 (261)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Disappointing

20
Overrated, Boring, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you want to be bored and depressed at the time, or if you're a huge McPherson or Dylan fan.

Don't see it if you are looking for characters you care about, a believable story, or music that supports the show.

Also I'm not a Dylan fan, so I don't really know his music (and, more impor... Read more Read less

40
Banal, Overrated, Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You like shows in the vein of Once and The Band’s Visit. However know those two are far superior to this production.

Don't see it if You value dramaturgical consistency and have a good grasp on common sense. Most of this show is nonsense.

Also This show seems to be trying very hard to be deep and meaningful when ... Read more Read less

10
Slow, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if want to hear talented singers.

Don't see it if You are going to hear your favorite Dylan songs or being told a good story.

24
Disappointing, Great singing, Overrated, Excruciating, Pointless

See it if you: like jukebox musicals where the songs have little relation to the story being told; want to hear Mare Winningham’s beautiful voice.

Don't see it if you: want to feel anything; like uplifting stories.

Also The arrangements of these songs were mostly dirge-like. The staging ma... Read more Read less

45
Cliched, Confusing, Great singing, Slow, Great staging

See it if you LOVE bob dylan.

Don't see it if you want a musical that makes sense.

48
Dated, Ambitious, Dizzying, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You think that the only thing you need to shoehorn Dylan’s music into a musical is a banjo and a washboard.

Don't see it if You like plot lines that complete their storyline, or you actually like knowing when an act is going to start.

41
Great acting, Great singing, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You love to hear great voices and acting

Don't see it if The story is too long. Need more singing

30
Excruciating, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you don’t mind getting thrown out of the time period by random Bob Dylan songs.

Don't see it if you care about plot, need songs to make sense in the plot, or aren’t bothered by pointless theater.

4
Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Overrated, Insipid

See it if Dylan for Dummies! Never have Bob's songs been so debased. Except for Twyla Tharp. See it if you love to drink Heaven's Gate whiskey.

Don't see it if Dylan's songs ever meant something to you.

During previews
40
Disappointing, Confusing, Cliched, Banal

See it if Don't . The dialog was so banal and ridiculous I almost laughed.

Don't see it if Don't

Also I was shocked how bad this show was. I am a big Dylan fan and was exci... Read more Read less

During previews
45
Dull, depressing, dated

See it if you like depression era stories where everyones lives are so awful that you feel suicidal during the show.

Don't see it if you prefer a story with a modicum of happiness.

During previews
49
Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Overrated

See it if You like slow drama, coupled with folk music that has little to do with plot.

Don't see it if You don't like being mislead into musicals that are actually plays with music. Or if you want to hear your favorite bob dylan music.


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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