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Average customer review: 4.0 star rating (3.9 Stars)

Number of reviews: 34

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2.0 star rating Mary from Ottawa, Ontario

COME FROM AWAY

Was so looking forward to the play and then sooo disappointed with the sound - could not hear or understand what the actors were saying . I have excellent hearing. I have friends that sat in a different location and they had the same complaint - I have been to the NAC many times before and haven’t encountered this problem - it sounded like there was an echo with the voices.

2.0 star rating Colleen from Deep River, Ontario

ACOUSTICS SPOILED THE PERFORMANCE

For years I have had the subscription to Broadway Across Canada. The hype about “Come from Away” had me excited to see this show. We were in the Orchestra section with excellent seats. We do not have any hearing problems. We could not hear any of the actors lines whether they were speaking or singing. How frustrating. I am not sure if this was the cast or the acoustics of the NAC. I would not recommend this play in this venue, sadly.

2.0 star rating A. M. from Boston, Massachusetts

NOT WORTHY OF THE ACCLAIM

I can’t help but think that many of the glowing reviews are based more on the idea of 9/11 good will than on the show itself. The actors were constantly swapping the most basic of costumes to switch into their alternate characters, creating unnecessary confusion and distraction. The main set with the woods was beautiful, but besides that the production value was so poor that it felt like a high-school-level show as opposed to a genuine Broadway-worthy one. There was little character development, if any, and so much more could’ve been made of the varying emotions that I can imagine originated from that time. It was truly disappointing and nowhere near the quality of the usual performances at the BOH.

2.0 star rating from Vancouver, British Columbia

POOR SOUND

Could not understand the lyrics or dialogue because sound was not mixed correctly. Looked like a good show.

2.0 star rating Susan from Ottawa, Ontario

COME FROM AWAY

So disappointed with the sound quality of the show. We had great seats but could only make out about 2/3 of the vocals. Come on NAC Ottawa. This should be basic. Too much money for the quality of sound. It’s a musical and this should be paramount in preparing for the show. My first thought was my hearing is getting bad but the same complaint came from my son who is only 21 and sat directly behind me.

1.0 star rating ROCH LANGLOIS from Ottawa, Ontario

COME WITH HEARING AIDS!!

I’m so disappointed. The volume was so low!!! Why??? My wife saw the show in TO and loved it. We go back at the NAC with my Mom. We could not get into it as we couldn’t hear anything. What a shame!!! We could not appreciate these hard working artists because their mikes were too low. We pay a lot of money for these shows. What a waste!! I have never been through a show like this. We should have loved but unfortunately the sound was too low. I’m really disappointed.

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BEAUTIFUL Moving original

Everything about this show is accessible, nothing feels forced or contrived, it is simply honest and real, and truly beautiful!

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