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Keith from Chicago, Illinois
TALENTED CAST - BUT WHY DO FOLKS LOVE CATS SO MUCH...??
1) The production value (sets, lighting, costumes, etc) was very good. 2) We were in the 10th row center. There were many times when I had no idea what the actors were saying/singing. And it wasn't just me. Others during intermission had the same complaint. 4) Performers were excellent! But one performer (Grizabella) played her role as one agonized cat. The actor's voice & acting were fantastic. But whether this was called for in the script or the director's instruction, it came off as awkward. 5) For me, the musical was hard to take. Some of the numbers were performed incredibly well ("Mungojerry & Rumpleteazer" "Mr. Mistofeleez" and the final chorus). But the other numbers were uninteresting and not memorable for me. I truly have no idea why "Cats" is so popular based on this production. One last thing: A family of four (parents w/ their young kids) showed up 20 min late & ate popcorn f/ noisy bags & talked during the show. Theater is not the movies! Be considerate!
Ben from Washington, District of Columbia
SECOND TIME VIEWER - DISAPPOINTED THE SECOND TIME
Saw it back in the 1980s, in Boston. It was magical, with a lot of vignettes that added energy and fun, but there were points that had me drifting away. Pollicle Dogs, I am looking at YOU. Just saw it on tour at the Kennedy in 2019. It was ... less magical. Was the Jellicle Ball ALWAYS that long and boring? It seemed like the vignettes were cut, to make up for more of the never-worth-it plot, and the seemingly interminable ballet. I felt bad for the dancers. They were working their hearts out to entertain me. Their director wasn't. The lighting crew were the stars of the show. This is not a good thing. Ultimately, I walked out during intermission. Life is too short to ensure the Pollicle Dogs a second time. I went home and pet my own cats. Much more satisfying.
Aneysha from Toronto, Ontario
I was disappointed in this Cats production, no real storyline, just the same type of dancing over and over. I saw Cats years ago it was much better.
Becca from Toronto, Ontario
NO PLOT, NOT WORTH $$$
The play itself was very well done. Great singing, dancing, sets, costume, production. However, I was bored most of the show... there was absolutely no story line, as I did not expect this with my lack of previous Cats knowledge, but I was really disappointed. Especially for $140 a ticket, you'd expect more than singing and dancing... I didn't know this was a ballet/opera :( Wish I knew this before purchasing the tickets!
Rebecca Leonard from East Norriton, Pennsylvania
"It was awful, Moxxie. It was about ugly, horny cats!" - Blitzo, 𝘏𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘶𝘷𝘢 𝘉𝘰𝘴𝘴 season 1, episode 6: 𝘛𝘳𝘶𝘵𝘩 𝘚𝘦𝘦𝘬𝘦𝘳𝘴
Ed from Seattle, Washington
COUNT ME AS ONE OF THOSE...
I just don’t get it. I wanted to, but it’s really disjointed and boring, and the cast mostly seemed to be going through the motions. It’s basicaly a couple of hours of “why I hate cats.” There were a couple of decent performers, but I think the rest of the cast is hamstrung with lousy material. I also noticed a lack of standing ovation from most of the audience, which is a rarity at the Paramount. And when will STG address the lousy sound system once and for all? For those of us in the cheap seats, it’s really hard to understand the performers. On the rare occasion something tickled the funnybone tonight, I couldn’t help but notice the majority of laughs came from the the floor, indicating I wasn’t the only one struggling to hear. This is an ongoing issue, and we are seriously considering not renewing next season because of it
Anonymous from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
THE MUSICAL WITH NO PLOT, THEME, OR DIRECTION
I thought it was me, but others have said the same. I had absolutely no idea what was going on. The play needs dialogue to move the story. It looked schizophrenic. Jumping here to there, up, down, frantic. It was beautifully decorated with the costumes and the setting, but a story was missing. I should not pay, then have to Google the musicaltp find out what was going on.
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