Come From Away, The Phoenix Theatre - ★★★★★ - Until May 23, 2020



An affirmation of community and kindness is what we are looking for in the world today. This is a feel-good musical for dark times. In the fearful days around 9/11, Gander, Newfoundland doubled in size as planes were diverted from US destinations to this rural nowhere. And, the people of the town welcomed those who had "come from away" and provided a contrast to the dark forces that seek to divide us and try to parse our common humanity. The grumpiness and suspicion that are present in such traumatic situations are not hidden, but the caring of community triumphs. The music is infectious. There is humour and there is above all hope that we can be so much better than what the hate-filled seek to turn us into. This is a musical entertainment, but it is also a call to be our better selves. A spontaneous standing ovation from the audience, including us.

Reviewed by J.C.

 Our Score:  ☆☆☆☆☆ 

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WHEN, WHERE, GETTING THERE:
Until May 23, 2020
Mon - Sat: 7:30 pm, Wed & Sat: 2:30 pm
Phoenix Theatre
Nearest tube: Tottenham Court Road

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