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Gem of the Ocean Reviews

Old Town Theatre (San Diego, CA)

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34 ratings
4.5 average rating
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20 reviews
24 stars
attended Feb 09 2013

A great production of this terrific play. The casting was a work of genius. Each and every actor gave a sterling performance, striking just the right note with each word, phrase, attitude, and demeanor. It was beautifully and authentically...continued

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29 reviews
4 stars
attended Jan 27 2013

Much too long, drawn out, tedious. Not a classic Wilson play. Well acted though.

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5 reviews
3 stars
attended Feb 14 2013

The acting was outstanding. Our only complaint was that the play seemed to drag a bit and should have moved along faster. It lasted 3 hours including one intermission.

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3 reviews
3 stars
attended Feb 08 2013

Thought provoking and well directed and played to the highest of standards! Staging and acting were superb!

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1 review
0 stars
attended Feb 10 2013

The actors were very professional and impressive. The play was long but keep my interest throughout. Definitely worth seeing.

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87 reviews
49 stars
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2 reviews
7 stars
attended Feb 17 2013

Very gripping drama, and well acted

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67 reviews
12 stars
attended Jan 26 2013

Excellent cast does great job with difficult play. Scene where Citizen gets his soul washed by visiting the City of Bones is unique and powerful. A great night at the theater

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13 reviews
1 stars
attended Jan 31 2013

The play itself is pure poetry, and this will likely iron out to a fine production. The cast is quite strong, though at our preview performance two or three actors struggled to remember lines in places. Once this is fixed, they'll all be very...continued

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8 reviews
4 stars
attended Jan 26 2013

I didn't care for the play itself and thought many of August Wilson's other plays are far better. The acting was as usual superb! The setting and costumes were great!

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8 reviews
3 stars
attended Jan 27 2013

I really liked this performance. it was an Allstar cast.
a lot of the N word was in use but for the timeline it was fairly accurate at first I hated ceaser but he played the part very well
there was a few times where you might be eh? I don't...continued

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7 reviews
12 stars
attended Feb 01 2013

riveting drama about the challenges of being "colored" in the USA back in the day

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7 reviews
8 stars
attended Feb 22 2013

the acting was superb, the concept and story took a little thinking and analyzing but we just so enjoyed it all

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6 reviews
1 stars
attended Feb 03 2013

I'm a big August Wilson fan and thought the cast did a great job. Plus I had a great seat.

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6 reviews
2 stars
attended Feb 23 2013

Overall, I enjoyed it; although a bit long. The first act moved too slow; second act picked up considerably and definitely more interesting. But, August Wilson is (was) a wonderful story teller and his words are beautiful. A voice that is sorely...continued

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6 reviews
1 stars
attended Feb 14 2013

This play was amazing!! So beautifully staged and acted. I was blown away by the performance.The theater is just so small enough so that any seat is pretty good, and the close proximity to the actors makes the play - August Wilson! - so powerful!

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4 reviews
2 stars
attended Feb 01 2013

Great event, great theatre company! We were seated a bit too close to the stage - front row stage right -but we're able to move back two rows.

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3 reviews
0 stars
attended Feb 23 2013

Gem of the Ocean is one of the Plays written by August Wilson, one for each decade of the 20th century. This production was excellent, beautifully acted, lit and costumed. Set design was exquisite. The story shed light on before, during and after...continued

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3 reviews
1 stars
attended Feb 24 2013

Set in the times just after the end of slavery in Pittsburgh, this moving play about the human condition, what it means to be free, how to embrace freedom, salvation, life, was met a rousing applause at the end. Top notch production design, and...continued

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2 reviews
1 stars
attended Feb 20 2013

The cast was fabulous, great acting, wonderful singing voices.

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