Some people going to a Broadway show simply need to see chandeliers crashing or big brass bands playing to believe they got their money’s worth. They should not go to see The Band’s Visit currently at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.
The Band’s Visit is a simple story of human longing and desires, living and loving, in quiet contemplation, but always real and oddly intense. The story of an Egyptian ceremonial police band who are invited to open an Islamic Cultural Center in an Israeli town but are accidentally dropped in a much smaller village that sounds very much alike their destination.
I loved the show and was enchanted but the others in my party felt it was too slow and languid. I heartily endorse it, but understand it is a very different show than any of its Broadway brethren.
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