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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Reviews

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Average customer review: 3.5 star rating (3.3 Stars)

Number of reviews: 24

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2.0 star rating from Salt Lake City, Utah

LOSES THE THREAD OF THE BOOK

The acting and production was decent, although it faced the same issue of many productions having some actors shouting so loud that the mic can’t pick up their audio with good fidelity and so many of the songs were hard to understand. But the biggest issue I had is they changed wonka from a wacky and imaginative character to a malicious, money hungry, and disturbed character who has no concern that his factory is killing kids (yes the kids are mostly dying in this one). Then we’re supposed to be happy and root for Charlie in the end to take over this house of horrors? It was odd

1.0 star rating Kendra from St. Louis, Missouri

NO MAGIC, NO CANDY , NOT GOOD !

Worse show I’ve ever seen . Was hoping it would be a beautiful, magical, fun adventure . Was expecting a more authentic production of the iconic Willa Wonka. Did not like how they completely changed the characters of the children who had the golden ticket. The writers attempt at modernizing the show was tacky and uninteresting . I can’t say there was anything I liked about this show . I felt bad for anyone who brought their children to see this expecting a fun , heartwarming story . Thumbs down !!

1.0 star rating Nicole Post from St. Louis, Missouri

HUMORIZES MENTAL ILLNESS AND VIOLENCE

This is NOT a child-friendly show. Veruca's arms, legs & head are violently ripped off her body by human-sized, black, red-eyed squirrels. This play also romanticizes Russia's violence at a time when the country is destroying Ukraine. It reinforces stereotypes about single parents, making light of self-medicating with alcohol and serious depression and anxiety meds (the names are actually in the song!) I found myself having to explain why people might be singing and making fun of these topics with my ten-year-old in attendance. It's shameful that this play is marketed to children. It's offensive and potentially damaging, not to mention the harm that could be done to people actually suffering from mental illness, depression, and alcoholism. Parents should be made aware of these risks before exposing their children. An "R" rating for this play would be appropriate.

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ENTHRALLING Exciting unmissable

As the lights fade and the fuelled giggles are heard, I realize that a Roald Dahl fan will forever be young at heart!

What could possibly go wrong? As the lights fade and the fuelled giggles are heard, I realize that a Roald Dahl fan will forever be young at heart! In this marvellously colorful production, Charlie Bucket reminds us that it doesn't matter where you come

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