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Average customer review: 3.5 star rating (3.4 Stars)

Number of reviews: 18

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4.0 star rating Denise from Los Angeles, California

OTHER THAN THAT I COULDN’T UNDERSTAND WHAT WAS SAID OR SUNG

The sound was atrocious. I couldn’t understand much of the dialogue or lyrics. The audience in front of us would respond up to a certain row and after that, crickets. I was already a fan of the book and movie so I was familiar with the story line although I did go to Wikipedia during intermission. I loved the minimalist set and how the chairs were integrated into the staging, which I absolutely loved. I wish I’d seen this revival on Broadway. I would say Don’t Waste Your Money but I got enough out of it to be glad I went. And I want to see the performers and production personnel supported. And the notion that, as spoken by the usher as related in another post, audience members should secure assisted listening devices? C'mon! That’s bogus!

4.0 star rating M. Pierce from New Brunswick, New Jersey

COLOR PURPLE

Great Show! Wonderful acting, singing and music. Unfortunately, we had difficulty understanding the dialogue and lyrics and at times the music drowned out the singing. In spite of that, it was very enjoyable.

3.0 star rating Jai from Los Angeles, California

THE COLOR PURPLE

Singing was great but that was expected. No props just wooden chairs on a wall...really. Actors going in and out of accents couldn't tell who was who. I want my $400 back!

3.0 star rating Josian from Miami, Florida

COLOR PURPLE LEFT ME BLACK N BLUE

Singers were awesome, It was like watching some bits and pieces of the movie in fast forward. There was no props per say, chairs and sheets? Not recommended. 3/01/2018

3.0 star rating Michel from Houston from Houston, Texas

LOST FOR WORDS

We love theater, knew the story line & have seen amazing productions (e.g. Aladdin & the Lion King) that create a wow experience, so the first thing we noticed was the set. The set was nice but remained the same throughout the production -- no scene changes not even after intermission so lost for words -- which is unfortunate because digital projection for scene changes would have allowed this production to live up to its name. That being said, the cast was talented and enjoyable, but felt the cast had to work extra hard to carry the to make up for the limited set. While I was also lost for words when I first heard the profanity or noticed the suggestive bumping and grinding on stage, the production conveyed the meaning (spiritually) of the color "purple" and not so subtle messages from the book including themes of sexism, sexuality, liberation and freedom. An optimized set could create a wow experience, right now - lost for words!

2.0 star rating Jan from Chicago, Illinois

COLOR PURPLE WAS FADED AND WASHED OUT

I love the movie I have seen the play in New York and Chicago 4 times. Last night was my 5th and last I had highly recommended this play to my friend. I was so disappointed I will never recommend this play or go to see it again. This was a low budget disappointing version of the original plays. No props no costume changes till the end. Singing was great but you couldn't understand the words. The prices of the tickets should have been reduced. Not recommended

2.0 star rating Deba from Chicago, Illinois

COULDN'T UNDERSTAND WORDS

I had excellent seats in Dress rehearsal center. However, It was very hard to understand a lot of the words. The sound was poor. There were no scene or costume changes and for the amount of money I spent on the tickets, you would think the scenes would have better or at least changed ONCE. There were only chairs on the wall, baskets on the floor and a few sheets used as props. The actors remained in the same clothing up until the second Act when they moved to colorful pants- Subsequently, their financial situation changes but the scene still does not change to express that. The singing was good but could have been better. The songs seemed all the same.

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EMPOWERING Beautiful moving!

The music and lyrics are beautiful and we felt the shifts and changes of Celie's journey!

The book leaves the audience feeling empowered and hopeful for change. The music and lyrics are beautiful and we felt the shifts and changes of Celie's journey!

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