George Takei stars in Classic Stage Company's revival of Stephen Sondheim's musical about a samurai and a fisherman caught up in the westernization of the East. More…
In 1853, Commodore Matthew Perry sailed to Japan on a U.S. mission to open trade relations at any cost. The musical tells the story of the profound implications Perry's efforts had on the identity of Japan. With 'Pacific Overtures'—which first premiered on Broadway in 1976—John Doyle continues his highly acclaimed exploration of Sondheim's work, having directed 'Sweeney Todd' and 'Company' on the Main Stem, and 'Passion' at CSC.
See it if you love Sondheim; you'll hear his fabulous score/lyrics. Brave Doyle's misguided paring to experience S's brilliance. Impt history lesson.
Don't see it if you've seen a good production. CSC's does not fully engage emotions. Lots of male voices, few female. Distracting staging ex: fabric strips
See it if History lesson set to music. I liked the minimalist staging. The songs were interesting and well performed.
Don't see it if The characters were shallow. There was little dramatic tension. The history wasn't entirely accurate.
See it if you want to hear Sondheim's rapturous score elegantly sung in a rarely-revived, if stripped down & highly edited, masterpiece.
Don't see it if You're a Sondheim purist. The minimalism distills the show's message & robs the musical of is grandeur. The edits cut the intended impact.
See it if Classic Doyle streamlining doesn't mar Sondheim's thematic concerns Beautiful stage imagery enhanced by artful singing; chamber quality
Don't see it if Despite quality production, piece has a truncated feel Several noteworthy songs cut, ending has an abrupt feel to it but excellent Sondheim
See it if history.. Sondheim.. singing.. Sondheim relevance and Sondheim compromise vote... partners 95 my 90 great set
Don't see it if you are a purist and need the original 1974? rendition. many songs cut and now reduced to 90 minutes
See it if You want great singing combined w/great lyrics. You want to see a story of Japan from an Asian perspective.
Don't see it if You hate Sondheim. You love the original Pacific Overtures & don't want any changes.
See it if you like Sondheim, classic musicals, Asian themes, or stripped-down productions. Doyle also makes great use of the minimalistic staging.
Don't see it if you need a strong resolution. The ending of this show felt rushed to me, but that's a larger issue with the book--not the direction.
See it if you enjoy using your imagination in a way you cannot with grand sets; you appreciate Sondheim and creative staging.
Don't see it if you prefer your musicals in technicolor, with beautiful costumes and sets; small scale is not to your liking.
See it if You love Sondheim music and stories of Japanese culture changes in the 1800's, when foreigners first visited the country.George Takei
Don't see it if You expect elaborate costumes and sets. Dislike abridged musicals. Do not enjoy small venues.
See it if you want to learn something about Japanese history thru artistic and musical presentation; you love Sondheim, spare sets and minimal dress
Don't see it if you expect a full blown musical with bells and whistles. This is minimalist production in many ways, but the music comes through beautifully
See it if Doyle's minimalism works here. You can see it in the movement. Thankfully, he has an orchestra, which sounds lovely.
Don't see it if I see no reason to trim the show to 90 mins. The performances are uniformly excellent. I wish we could have seen more of these fine actors.
See it if you have a pulse.This is what PO should always have been.Exciting,funny,tragic,fast paced, great music/orchestrations. Perfection. GO!
Don't see it if you are an idiot. If you like Sondheim, (and if you don't, please go away) this is an absolute must see. Should transfer exactly as is.
See it if you like great music and an important story.
Don't see it if you loved the original production and expect this to look and feel the same. The song "Chrysanthemum Tea" was taken out to tighten the focus
See it if a stripped down Sondheim history lesson is what you're needing. This musical addresses many topics we're still talking about today.
Don't see it if you're a Sondheim purist and want something staged more traditionally. This is a John Doyle show so it's really minimalist but effective.
See it if you'd enjoy a show about the West forcing its way into trade with Japan. This is strongest in its funny moments lampooning the West.
Don't see it if you need a lot of bells and whistles. This is slow at times, but worth the journey.
See it if You've never seen it before. Far from the original but must be seen.
Don't see it if Doyle condensations are not your thing.
Also As with every production I've seen, the ending is never redeeming.
See it if John Doyle has directed a gem! Lovely , simple and elegant staging. If you love Sondheim...see it.
Don't see it if Don't see if you like big and brassy musicals or only dramas.
See it if How the west, esp. US, politically colonized Japan. Amazing all Asian cast with impeccably sung complex songs.
Don't see it if George Takei narrates and plays smaller, non-singing characters. Some Orientalism annoys you. More political than regular plot.
See it if you want 2 C a rarely performed Sondheim musical, stripped down w/o scenery or costumes to 90 minutes telling the story of Japan's isolation
Don't see it if you hate bare staged productions without any props, costumes or scenery and shortened to 90 minutes .
See it if You love the Asian aesthetic, Sondheim music and lyrics, inventive staging, and performance art/dance woven in with your theater.
Don't see it if Sondheim rubs you the wrong way and you prefer traditional staging and brisk pacing.
See it if Stephen Sondheim's musical with beautiful music and captivating sets.
Don't see it if you don't like Sondheim, then this is not your kind of musical.
See it if You want a short, cute musical, with an Eastern-inflected Sondheim score and a sorta clichéd depiction of an interesting historical era.
Don't see it if you don't like John Doyle's minimalist productions, with missing props, actors, and set pieces. Or you don't like Sondheim (obvs).
See it if you are such a Sondheim fan that you will see anything he wrote and if you don't mind that only one Asian performed in the show.
Don't see it if you are hoping for a stellar production of a Sondheim classic.
See it if you're a Sondheim fan and want to see a well done, if abbreviated production.
Don't see it if you're a purist who wants to see everything as originally conceived.