Roman Holiday Reviews
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Paula Rose from San Francisco, California
OKAY NOT GREAT -- GRADE C OR PASSING!
Musical fell flat on me. The princess and some other actors occasionally mis-used the microphone and really screamed into it. Princess didn't thrill me -- not natural when speaking her lines and sometimes shouts. Scenery was great and music good except when actors and actresses screamed into the microphones. The musical and cast both need more work and coaching. Georgia Engels was great -- knows how to work the stage and use the microphone.
The Greek Lady from San Francisco, California
Being a season ticket holder, I went to this play. It was part of the package and after reading the reviews I really was not looking forward to going. But to my pleasant surprise, I did enjoy it. I have seen better productions over the years but this play was not as bad as some other plays I have seen. It was nice to see a production where the cast danced well, had high energy, and a simple story line. Not everything need to be complicated. It was entertaining.
Marian Weiner from San Francisco, California
POOR, POOR ROME : IT'S NO HOLIDAY
Buy an airline ticket if you want to see Rome, because this poorly concived show is really NO HOLIDAY...So much has developed in the American musical theater in the last ten [or more] years that this dated show seems out of date [even as a musical from the 50's when the movie came out]. It's hard to believe that theater professionals in 2017 would try to produce such a dated show. Perhaps their looking for a tax loss. It shows a certain lack of awairness of local theater goers that this was produced for a San Francisco theatergoer....
Laura from San Francisco, California
IT DOESN'T WORK
The sweet young cast gave it a decent try, but the thing simply doesn't work. Dated stale jokes; forced musical numbers; simpering formulaic plot; and a Disney-esque color scheme to the entire set make this musical a must-miss. Additionally, the singers have voices that sound like modern Broadway (think "Frozen"), totally unconvincing in a 1950s theme, The orchestra played each Cole Porter song at the same intensity, without nuance or variation of volume, and the singing was the same way. I suppose a 10 year old would enjoy this silly candy tale, at most.
JAY F. from San Francisco, California
NO ZERO STAR OPTION?
Unwatchable. And like a previous review, I debated about leaving during intermission. Re-purposed Cole Porter songs felt like an afterthought; never once do they further the plot. Instead, they are familiar but forgettable interludes inserted to flesh out a rather basic premise. This whole play feels dated and not in a nostalgic, feel-good way. Also the sets, which broke down twice during the performance, are more complicated than required. I am no snob by any means, and the SHN season has been fantastic this year, but this cannot go to Broadway in this form. Georgia Engel is a marvel, but even she can't save this turkey. Save your $$$!
Tim Bennett from San Francisco, California
THERE IS NO HOLIDAY IN ROME !
As a season ticket holder I was present at the opening night of Roman Holiday at the Golden Gate..Sorry to say, but I was more than ready to leave at intermission, but my date wanted to stay, "It's bound to improve in the second act"...After the second act she said "Sorry, we should have stayed home and watched the end of Dancing With The Stars"....What a total let-down this was...Well done sets & costumes, but that was about it..No sparks between the leads & while they have good voices, the Porter songs are forced into the plot. The whole show feels totally dated [& not in a good way]..This show WILL NEVER OPEN ON BROADWAY !!! Save your money or if you subscribe, give your tickets to a friend [or better yet a non-friend] who's never been to the theater..at least it's 'live' & they might even enjoy it ???
No name, please from San Francisco, California
THIS IS NO HOLIDAY
I would have given this 0 stars, but you don't offer this option.
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