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Patty L from Vancouver, British Columbia
SERIOUS ISSUES NOT FUNNY
We came to be entertained but found the stories and characters out dated and offensive. When Earl slings Jenna over his shoulder for "marital ____". We felt serious issues are not entertainment or a laughing matter especially as there are women that continue to face abuse daily. We really wanted to enjoy the show, rationalize the story lines and not be "downers" about it but just couldn't wrap our heads around the messaging so we googled the ending online and made the decision to leave at the intermission.
Elle from Vancouver, British Columbia
OK, BUT NOT DEFINITELY NOT GREAT.
A friend and I (both huge fans of Sara Bareilles and her work) went to see Waitress at the QE Theatre in Vancouver and within the first 3 minutes of the curtain rising were already disappointed. The singing was pitchy and the harmonies garbled. Many of the lead solo singers seemed to be belting so hard that all emotion was lost from the songs and it actually made it difficult to understand the lyrics. There was also zero chemistry between the two romantic leads. It was so disappointing we momentarily considered leaving at intermission but stayed only with the hope that the rendition of "She Used to Be Mine" would redeem the whole experience. It did not. The musical itself is cute and humorous, but I wouldn't recommend going to see it with this cast.
Kim from Lakeland, Florida
Based on prior reviews I thought this was going to knock my socks off, but it did not. It was somewhat boring. It has a good story line behind it, but was never built up. Did she win the pie contest? No dancers, no group nothing. I really enjoy the group dancing and singing in a play. This did not meet those expectations. Sound quality was poor for some characters. We could not hear them and we were not sitting that far back. Disappointed in show but will try again. I did enjoy the venue.
Joe Methe from Lincoln, Nebraska
FIRE THE SOUND MIXER
Great voices, great character development, excellent scene changes (almost ballet), costume, lights were spot on. The sound mix was very, very poor. I felt bad for all the rest the team because you could not understand the words. And if I can’t understand you, I can’t care about what you are trying to convey to me. Very disappointed.
JANE from CLEBURNE TX
Never have we experienced such a disappointing musical performance at the Bass as we did this afternoon! "Waitress' certainly speaks poorly of the newer generation--crude language and subject matter left us cold. Nothing of the entertainment quality that we have for so many years respected at the Bass. Surely our city and citizens expect better and you can do better. Only positive that I can give about the show was the talented dancer who married one of the waitresses....he was funny and the only spot that won our group's applause.
Gail T. from West Palm Beach, Florida
As a theatre goer for many years, I found this production lacking in many areas. Story was boring, songs lackluster, singing ok, not great. Found very little humor. I wish I had seen it on Broadway, it's hard to believe it could have been so much better.
Peter wise from Thornhill, Ontario
A TERRIBLE PLAY
There is nothing nice to say. The music was bland, the lyrics poor and the energy of the actors was mechanical and obvious. The singing was so bad I was immediately turned off. All the female singers sounded nasally and Whitney. The acting was mechanical, everything was too false to make any sense of it being appealing. We left at half time along with out friends who shared the same view. A total waste of money.
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COLOURFUL Creative enchanting
Waitress is making history as the first musical in Broadway to be lead by four women in the top creative slots!
While many Broadway shows sweep you away into far away worlds and mystical settings, Waitress offers a simply charming slice of life from a small town diner with little to nothing going on.Read full review
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