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Shocked liberal from San Francisco, California
BEWARE - NOT FOR THE EASILY OFFENDED
I should have realized that a musical from the creators of South Park would be crass. But this was beyond my expectations. Vulgar and offensive does not make for funny but it was vulgar and offensive to the nth degree. We enjoyed the first 25 minutes but after that, spent the evening looking at each other and saying "REALLY???? Saying "F U" to God over and over was offensive. The sexually explicit numbers were vulgar and made us extremely uncomfortable. I wouldn't say we are bible thumpers but by the time we left the theater we figured we were about as out of place as a gay bar in Fresno. Simply be aware of what you are in for and under no circumstances should you take anyone under the age of 21. All that being said, the cast had great voices and the lead was a wonderful dancer.
Charlie from Richmond, Virginia
RIDICULOUS MINSTREL SHOW
I was very much looking forward to seeing this show and laughed with glee for the first few songs. My heart sank when I heard the characters were heading to Africa for their mission. Once the characters arrived in Africa I felt the show stopped being a parody of Mormonism and was instead became a thinly veiled mockery of Africans. The play generalized an entire continent and reinforced sad, unfair generalizations about the most impoverished of rural African tribes. Why not set this show in Utah or follow the Elders’ misadventures across America? I felt uncomfortable as the mostly white audience laughed with glee over un-funny racist tropes about Africa. What is funny about the very real AIDS epidemic, female genital mutilation or portraying Africans as dumb, two-dimensional puppets who need ‘saving’ by white men? I can not recommend this play and while I found the jabs at Mormonism funny and smart, I really couldn’t stand that they had to use Africa as a scapegoat for the message.
Steve Ludington from San Jose, California
SOUND DESIGN IS TERRIBLE
I had no really strong issue with the irreverence, being somewhat familiar with South Park. But I could really understand only about 25% of the dialogue, the distortion was so bad. When they were singing ensemble, the lyrics might as well have been gibberish. Surely this can be remedied. Does no one from the production sit in the audience??
JJames from Detroit, Michigan
HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT! GEARED TO A SEVENTH GRADE MENTALITY!
Do NOT waste your time or money. Storyline is weak. Very shallow and cliche humor. Volume was way too loud.
Jodi g from Seattle, Washington
OPENING NIGHT SEATTLE - WORST ACOUSTICAL ENGINEERING,
The person on the soundboard needs to go sit in the audience to experience the tortious aural assault. Distortion rendered the lyrics incomprehensible and the volume painful. The paramount is not known for great acoustics but Jersey Boys was well delivered for the venue. Given reviews from other cities, perhaps the sound company should be fired. I think the leads could sing, but not sure. I found the story line(if you can claim one) disappointing given that my favorite South Park episode is Book of Mormon. This didn't give me any brief moments of being able to pretend to be at a broadway production once the lights went down. Limited humourous lines, mediocre ensemble dancing and singing. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY.
Joanne eldred from Valparaiso, Indiana
BOOK OF MORMON
We were very disappointed in not only the show but the theater. Our seats were in the far corner of the theater and we could not see the stage. When I approached the usher to ask for assistance, I was told there are cushions in the lower level of the theater. By then, the show was about to start and I would not have been re admitted . What a rip off! I sat thru the entire first act not being able to see thru the heads of the people in front of me. I've never had dress circle seats as bad as these , especially considering we paid $240 for two seats We hated the show, it was not one bit funny . It portrayed the Africans as idiots . I can enjoy a irreverent humor but this wasn't humorous in the slightest. It was stupid and offensive. The terrible experience at the Bank of American theater was our last.
Tim Joslin Sr. from Seattle, Washington
DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY!
We have seen many broadway shows over the years, but had never left at intermission, until tonight. Loud, vulgar and no talent cast!
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