The Visitor NYC Reviews and Tickets

72%
(158 Reviews)
Positive
70%
Mixed
19%
Negative
11%
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Relevant, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Great acting, Great staging

A professor's life changes when he discovers two undocumented immigrants living in his apartment.

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866 Reviews | 898 Followers
78
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You are interested in stories regarding immigrants living in the US. Overall entertaining show with good music and performances.

Don't see it if You are looking for a big broadway musical. This is more intimate.

841 Reviews | 1006 Followers
79
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like intimate musicals. It's a good story that at times feels more like a play. Moves at a good pace. Music and cast were very good.

Don't see it if You are looking for a big happy musical with large musical numbers.

764 Reviews | 212 Followers
81
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you want to enjoy a musical with a message. It has fun choreography and excellent drumming to support the story, acting and singing.

Don't see it if you are looking for a big Broadway musical with bells and whistles where every song is fun. Music often was too loud for hearing the singing

507 Reviews | 1867 Followers
83
Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if I thought it was smart and the music was absorbing. A little preachy and could use some work, but enjoyable.

Don't see it if You don't like stories about immigration or are afraid to try new works.

741 Reviews | 121 Followers
79
Entertaining, Resonant, Great staging, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if your are interested in theater that addresses social/political issues. Drama intended to humanize statistics & news stories. Great drumming

Don't see it if you are looking for light entertainment. The plot seems a bit contrived as it has to be for the purpose.

677 Reviews | 150 Followers
69
Banal, Slow, Disappointing, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy discovering new musicals that attempt contemporary relevance, are curious how the film was musicalized, enjoy African drumming

Don't see it if you expect memorable music that propels plot forward, wish for more motion & activity, yearn for creative staging, have immigration issues

612 Reviews | 269 Followers
68
Musical that dramatizes need to treat the undocumented with dignity; but without spark and panache all good musicals have

See it if 1st rate creative team; laudatory social justice message; kinetic dancing; story moving at times

Don't see it if tho tries hard, book, music, lyrics, and performances are uninspired; evokes little applause Read more

597 Reviews | 121 Followers
77
Great drumming, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if Immigrants living in US undocumented. What they go thru.

Don't see it if Want a happy ending.

Critic Reviews (12)

The New York Times
November 4th, 2021

"Perhaps it is doable to respect the politics around these issues and the immigrants trying to build a life in the United States in this format, but it’s tough. Which is why the new musical “The Visitor” feels so obtuse and helplessly dated...The ensemble, however, often upstages the main cast members, etching small but remarkable performance moments, even in the background and during the fleeting transitional numbers."
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Time Out New York
November 4th, 2021

"Watching the production, one gets the sense of talented artists who have dragged themselves to the finish line with whatever they could salvage from a misbegotten project. In retrospect, perhaps those weren’t red flags after all, but white ones of surrender."
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Variety
November 4th, 2021

"When the number is over, however, the audience is quickly thrust back into the world of white-savior Walter. The creators seem to have been generously aiming to create a sympathetic portrait of a privileged man’s performative activism. But by centering Walter rather than Tarek and Zainab, the show ends up highlighting the privileged folks who are already coddled more than enough."
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Theatermania
November 4th, 2021

"The musical is fuzzier in its storytelling. And even in its blurriness, that story feels mismatched with its form. Kitt and Yorkey seem to want to write the next The Band's Visit, translating the subtle seduction of independent cinema into musical theater. Unfortunately, they do nothing to retrofit their overwrought emotive style to this task. The result is a soaring and forgettable score that regularly finds the story paralyzed in the path of an oncoming glory note."
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Lighting & Sound America
November 5th, 2021

"The Visitor is a highly unusual case, a musical that seems to be constantly questioning its right to exist…When it sticks to examining its characters' broken hearts, it is compelling, less so in numbers that sounds like op-eds set to music. Indeed, it stumbles most when it loses confidence, turning to loudly trumpeting its good intentions."
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New York Stage Review
November 4th, 2021

"Emotional repression is in Pierce’s wheelhouse, so it’s no surprise that he delivers an affecting performance as the sad sack professor who finds his passion for justice reawakened. Maksoud (who replaced Ari’el Stachel in previews) makes Tarek appealingly charismatic, Deslorieux provides the evening’s most powerful vocals as Zainab, and stage veteran Antaramian proves so luminous as Mouna that you long for her character to rescue Walter from his loneliness. But their strong contributions are not enough to lift The Visitor from its doldrums."
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New York Stage Review
November 4th, 2021

"3 stars...It’s easy to write off The Visitor as a white savior story. (Though technically, no one is saved; considering that we’re talking about 14-year-old movie source material, it’s not a spoiler to say there are no happy endings for anyone.) Beyond that, considering the team involved—including director Daniel Sullivan—it’s simply a letdown."
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TheaterScene.net
November 20th, 2021

It’s a faithful, resonant and well-done musical adaptation of the acclaimed 2007 independent film of the same title. Book writers Kwame Kwei-Armah and Brian Yorkey stick closely to director/screenwriter Thomas McCarthy’s original vision while skillfully translating it to the stage.
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