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The Band's Visit Reviews

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Average customer review: 2.0 star rating (2.0 Stars)

Number of reviews: 46



1.0 star rating Jeremy from Seattle, Washington


No plot, very little music, can barely understand 80% of what’s being said. Left the theatre laughing at how awful it was. Overheard one person leaving say “what in the world did I just pay to watch?” And I think that sums it up quite well.

1.0 star rating Mike from Cincinnati, Ohio


The show starts with a blank curtain with words providing the background to the story. They should have kept it in place to provide closed captioning throughout. I understood maybe 20% of the dialogue and absolutely none of the song lyrics. The accents are very heavy. There is no plot, the punchlines are not amusing, and the characters lack depth. The relationship between Dina and Tawfiq had no time to develop.

1.0 star rating Luc Z from Cincinnati, OH


I really wanted to like this as it was billed as a non musical but it moved slowly, and dialogue was difficult to understand Even before the play, they flashed up some text and gave us a spoiler that said “you never heard of this event as it wasn’t that important” They were right

1.0 star rating Alona I. from Richmond, Virginia


This play shattered my expectations during the first 10 minutes. It was unintelligent. It was highly biased in the way it juxtaposed Israelis and Egyptians. It was, at times, vulgar. Above all, it was so dreadfully boring! A few families left the show within the first 20 minutes. We lasted until the end ONLY out of respect for the performers. The audience was not responsive to the events on stage. With the exception of a few patrons, the audience seemed very bored. We did not enjoy this show.


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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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