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Average customer review: 2.0 star rating (2.2 Stars)

Number of reviews: 28



1.0 star rating Nikki Gauthier from Toronto, Ontario


Sadly did not get anything out of this play/musical. So many still moments, delayed dialogue, like dead wood. Had a few chuckles here and there but this play does not maintain any type of momentum whatsoever. One main plot with three subplots. Difficult to connect with any one character. Three different languages spoken but I can't stay that this deterred the likability for me - LOVED the band at the end and what a shame they did not play more. Actors not faulted here, the storyline lacks serious development.

1.0 star rating Alina from Toronto, Ontario


Do not recommend this show. No plot, very boring, slow. I am very sad to spend my time for this. Please spend some time with your family or your close people instead of this play.My expectations were so high and at the end I am so frustrated.Only one thing Band played very nice at the end of the show.

1.0 star rating Cynthia from Milwaukee, Wisconsin


We are season ticket holders. Sadly, this was a sleeper. I was looking forward to it since I studied in Israel. It was a waste of my money.

1.0 star rating Francisco Scaramanga from Schenectady, New York


That was the worst play I’ve ever seen. Six of us left after 30 minutes. Could not understand a word they said. Super slow and boring. Don’t waste your money.

1.0 star rating Abbey Cash from Schenectady, New York


There was a very limited story embraced by very limited acting, and very limited music. It should be re-titled "The Emperor's New Clothes" - then people would know what to expect. I came in support and left in disappointment! The story was meaningless and ill communicated - too bad!

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I was able to get a last minute seat for $30. I over paid $29.99. Two hours of fingernails over glass would have been much better. The best part of the evening is when I used the toilet. Oh my God-this musical won awards? Who voted-Helen Keller? Open heart surgery without anesthetic would have made a better evening. I support Palestinian rights but I almost wished the band would have been Palestinian rather than Egyptian so the Israelis could murder them and I could leave after 10 minutes.

1.0 star rating Charlie Green from St. Louis, Missouri


Very slow (Actors even walked in slow motion), very hard to understand with the thick Egyptian and Israeli accents , boring, not much singing, no dancing. Only show I attended at the Fox where there was no ovation at the end of the play. Everyone around us, and I mean everyone, had the same review. Even the people walking out of the show and the people walking to the car all had the same opinion.


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BEAUTIFUL moving Unexpected

Just as song might sweep you away into an unexpected mood so too does Tewfiq's band as their music infiltrates into the lives of these people - and the audience!

Our Broadway reviewer Nicola Quinn saw The Band's Visit in New York City - here's what she thought! "One of my favorite things to do is step into a cinema or theatre having no idea about the narrative that is about to unfold or the "word on the street".

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