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  1. Avatar Marnie Wright Barnhorst
    July 14, 2019 @ 5:51 pm

    I actually have no quarrel with the theme or politics of Miss Saigon. They exemplify a true history. What I am monumentally disappointed in is the Civic Centers production of the play. The actors and their voices were terrific. However the orchestra overpowered them. The acoustics in the theatre were atrocious. I couldn’t understand a word, not a single word, that was sung. The ticker tape screen was too far away and too small to see. Something MUST be done!
    1. Improve the acoustics in the theater
    2. Enlarge the ticker tape screen to the right of the stage
    3. Add a ticker tape screen to the left of the stage
    4. Tell the orchestra to tone it down so we can hear the singers

    I sit in row N seats 31-39. I took my daughter, granddaughter and a friend, billing Miss Saigon as one of my favorite plays of all time. I was embarrassed by the Civic Theater’s production. And it wasn’t just the acoustics! I know it is all artistic preference, but I thought the staging was way too dark. Also, wasn’t there a helicopter in the opening scene on Broadway?

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  2. Avatar Eric Mooney
    July 18, 2019 @ 11:58 am

    A very cynical and depressing take on a show that doesn’t deserve this type of review. Next time, leave all of the political bitching out and just review the show on its own merits. It’s after all somewhat similar to Madame Butterfly, a human tragedy that doesn’t benefit from speculating what the US was doing in Japan anyway. Let the musicals tell their own powerful stories in there own way.

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