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Average customer review: 4.0 star rating (4.1 Stars)

Number of reviews: 20

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2.0 star rating Paid a bunch and couldn’t hear a thing! from Ottawa, Ontario

THE ACOUSTICS WERE TERRIBLE

Firstly, I don’t want to shed a negative light on the NAC and such a popular play, but I have to say something here. Our party of four could not hear most of the play. I would give it one star but everyone else is giving it five. We were there Aug 24 at NAC, box on the balcony level. Total waste of time if this is typical of the performances and not a technical anomaly?

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.

3.0 star rating Chris Rowland from Oxford Station ON

POOR SOUND DESIGN

This was our first time visiting the NAC and so have no other performance to compare. Sound was very poor in the mezzanine. Could only make out about half of the spoken words and essentially none of the lyrics in choruses. I have to believe this is a sound design issue since I have not heard of acoustical issue in this venue. This irritant was offset by great performances.

3.0 star rating William Smith from Bristol, Quebec

ACOUSTICS A PROBLEM

We were prepared to watch this musical from 'Away' - namely the balcony at the NAC. Even those seats were $86. We didn't expect the quality of experience you get from a good orchestra seat. And it is indeed a good story, well-paced and well-acted. But hey, are we not to expect better sound quality than this? It's downright annoying to hear a few chuckles nearby after a clever punchline that you unfortunately haven't heard. Some of the actors came across fairly clearly but others sounded like a jumble of mumbles. I have very good hearing, incidentally. All in all, I wouldn't say it's a great show. But it's a very good one - if you get to hear all of it.

5.0 star rating Maryann Harpur from New Baltimore, MI

LOVED

Amazing! I could see it again and again. This play truly moved me.

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

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