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Rated by 23 members
PMV
Review from PMV
145 events 101 reviews

I had a hard time following what was happening with each scene...

Although the actors were giving it their all, there was some "over acting" if you will I felt and unfortunately, this play/musical just wasn't pulling me in.

reviewed May 23 2019 report as inappropriate
Nancy Nichols
Review from Nancy Nichols
52 events 33 reviews

It wasn't one of our favorite Sondheim shows but it was well done and gave you lots to think about - American imperialism, sovereignty of countries, etc. Didn't leave singing any of the songs. Decent seats and always a pleasure to be at the...continued

reviewed May 29 2019 report as inappropriate
BostonKevin
Review from BostonKevin
23 events 20 reviews

A difficult show to produce, but this is by far the best production I've seen live.

Unfortunately, one performer forgot a few verses of Chrysanthemum Tea (I can't fault him too harshly... it's got typical Sondheim minor differences that are easy...continued

reviewed May 10 2019 report as inappropriate
Judith Black
Review from Judith Black
49 events 19 reviews

Love this show and Sondheim's intent with it. The lead was brilliant as the Shogun, but inauthentic and squeaky (singing) in her primary role as narrator. Also, the concept of using masks for the Caucasian characters quickly twists our ability...continued

reviewed May 16 2019 report as inappropriate
Nancy Lane
Review from Nancy Lane
29 events 10 reviews

Pacific Overtures is one of my favorite Sondheim musicals, having seen the original production many years ago. The Lyric Stage production tried hard, but was somewhat disappointing. Not all the singers were strong, and it seemed that more...continued

reviewed May 11 2019 report as inappropriate
goldstar
Review from goldstar
27 events 7 reviews

No two productions of this show are at all alike, and the finale always gets updated to reflect present day. So worth seeing with this dedicated cast, no matter how many times you've seen it before.

reviewed May 11 2019 report as inappropriate
DJJudith
Review from DJJudith
16 events 4 reviews

the creativity of the staging was wonderful! i found the show hard to relate to emotionally because there was barely any character development - I couldn't tell you the name of any character...the romp through history was interesting and fun, but...continued

reviewed May 11 2019 report as inappropriate
Marge Woocher
Review from Marge Woocher
5 events 2 reviews

Wonderful direction of classic and difficult and complex Sondheim musical theater. Excellent on all counts. Very talented cast, clever use of limited space, in all a magical time.

reviewed May 12 2019 report as inappropriate
R
Review from R
15 events 1 review

If you like Sondheim, then you will enjoy his musical sound world. Having said that, the score was not memorable. The acting was very good and they made the most of this musical.

reviewed May 24 2019 report as inappropriate
Linda Moy
Review from Linda Moy
1 event 1 review

Pacific Overtures had an incredible minimalist set that conveyed different context. The use of props were poised and always added to the story line, never detracting from the plot. Moreover, the costume changes were seamless; it was easy to...continued

reviewed Jun 13 2019 report as inappropriate
Karen van Hook
Review from Karen van Hook
11 events 1 review

Surprisingly gripping story about the effects, both positive and negative, of Western contact on the people of Japan. I couldn't imagine how that would make for a good musical, but it's my friend's favorite, so I went, and I was very glad I didn't...continued

reviewed May 31 2019 report as inappropriate
Tustian Design
Review from Tustian Design
6 events 1 review

The direction, tech, performances, and particularly the costume design were outstanding, but the show itself leaves something to be desired. It's not one of Sondheim's best, but now I can say I've seen it done with a very high standard of...continued

reviewed Jun 01 2019 report as inappropriate
Betty Herr
Review from Betty Herr
1 event 1 review

Tickets were really easy to buy on line and collect at the box office.

The play was fantastic. It was an amazing production for a small theater.

Will use goldstar again to get tickets.

reviewed Jun 14 2019 report as inappropriate
John Little
Review from John Little
4 events 1 review

We saw Pacific Overtures at a Saturday matinee and all four of us were enthralled by it. The whole cast was wonderful, but I'll single out two excellent performances. Lisa Yuen was entirely engaging, projecting charm, wit, enthusiasm, or enui as...continued

reviewed Jun 01 2019 report as inappropriate