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Average customer review: (2.4 Stars)
Number of reviews: 188
Brandon from San Francisco, California
AN HONEST REVIEW
I am an American born Chinese person. I wanted to do something nice for my grandma so I bought tickets for her and my mom and aunt. Then I read the reviews and got a little worried. Bad reviews, show is done by those weirdos in Chinatown who have posterboards of mutilated bodies etc. I was like oh great I just wasted 400 dollars. Well went to see the show, and my family really liked it. Both my mom and aunt were in a Chinese dance troupe and they said the dancing was legit. My grandma also really liked it. I fell asleep during the cult number, but my family said it was weird, but overall they said they really enjoyed the show.
C.B. from Pittsburgh, PA
Initially, I jumped on the tickets when I saw the commercial on TV. We have always loved Cirque de Soleil and figured this may be similar. THEN, I started reading reviews of Shen Yun and started to worry. To my great relief and surprise, we all loved the show. The colors are absolutely beautiful, backdrop was surreal, fabrics for costumes was gorgeous, history of each dance very interesting and orchestra was fantastic. I went with my sport-loving husband and 12 year old son. They may not have appreciated it as much as I did, but they did stay entertained and liked the show. As much as I liked it, the ticket price was a bit steep (hence the 4 star review). Still, happy we saw it and think any "theatre-goer" would have a good time and want to see the show at least once. SIDE-NOTE: None of us noted any political or religious overtones as stated by other reviews.
JD from Aurora, Illinois
NICE PERFORMANCE, BUT NOT AS GOOD AS EXPECTED
The dancing and music performances were good, but i was left wanting more acrobatic and thrilling stunts. The costumes were colorful and fit well with the performers. For what you pay i was expecting more elaborate routines or more stunning visuals, but i have seen other musical performances that outshine this show. I took my mother, wife and two young children and none of us left getting what we expected. We saw the performance at the Paramount Theater and the seating was not great. I sat two rows behind a tall gentleman so I was going side to side in my seat trying to get a decent view the whole show. My young children could barely see anything over the heads of people in front of us too. The seating is not stadium seating, so it's the luck of the draw if you have a good view or not. Based on myself and the people around me, i was not the only one with this problem. Unless you really want to see this show and are okay with a slight religious undertone, save your money.
A Nani Mouse from Seattle, Washington
FALUN DAFA PROPAGANDA WITH DECENT DANCING
2/3 of the show was decent Chinese dancing and 1/3 was "Falun Dafa Is Good" propaganda with Chinese police beating dissidents, a piano number singing how only repenters will be saved, and an ending where a heavenly tidal wave destroys communist China and the rapture- equivelant occurs in hokey cgi. That said I liked the scholars dance, the soldiers dance, and would watch another Miao dance even if the scientologists put it on. Overall mediocre for date night.
from Boise, ID
OVER HYPED AND OVERLY RELIGIOUS
There were about 6-8 pure dancing routines, and I thought 2-3 of them were good. The rest seemed recycled from the other routines, with just different background and outfits. The costumes were bright and a huge positive. There were 6-8 "plays" (ballet/dance) of which 2-3 were entertaining. The rest were pretty basic ballet and nothing special. Almost ALL of the "plays" were religious based which was kind of a turn off. The music was good, but after 2+ hours of it, it became VERY monotonous. A singer came out and she literally sang the same song twice - back-to-back. Once was plenty. It was a religious song with about 50 words. There were two MCs: a young white male and a young Asian women. They were pretty flat and lame. It was VERY annoying that she would repeat everything in Chinese. We are not in China. I don't think it added to the show. It annoyed. If you really love ballet, you would like this show; Otherwise, the show was 3 stars at BEST.
Hibert from Tucson, Arizona
ENTERTAINING, BUT BE READY FOR CULT PROPAGANDA
The show was a beautiful display of color, dance and music. The music was played well but was as repetitive as the dance. It was billed as traditional Chinese art but I felt it fell far short of conveying anything traditional, other than a few musical instruments and some folkloric stories. But what disappointed me the most was the political / religious overtones that just got more heavy handed as the show progressed. Not to give anything away but, the final few acts were nothing but propaganda from the members of the Falun Gong "religion". This was started in 1992 in Southern China, quickly spread and the members have been persecuted by the Chinese government off and on ever since.
Alex K from Toronto, Ontario
OK, BUT TOO HEAVY-HANDED.
I enjoyed many of the dances, and the costumes and music could be very pleasant. However, the show was far too heavy-handed politically, and the advertising did not give an accurate picture of the kind of show we would receive. Some of the dances told a fun story and I especially enjoyed some of the instrumental content, but the opera singers and several dances were quite preachy. The CGI backdrop was cheesy, and a final dance of Buddha wiping out Falun Gong persecutors in a wave of judgment was, well...not what I came to see. The price of the tickets did not at all reflect the quality of the show. Beware of Shen Yun!
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