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Ben Brantley from The New York Times notices that there is no way for even outright cynics to escape dry eyes after seeing the power of hospitality and compassion described in the show.


Come From Away is a stunning and heart-breaking musical depicting the nation’s grief over the 9/11 disaster. Debuting at la Jolla Playhouse of San Diego, it headed towards the Rep Theatre of Seattle and eventually showed skyrocketing box office results. Come From Away is a winner of Best Direction Tony Award and three Drama Desk Awards, one of which is Best Musical.

The drama gives a realistic and colorful description of people’s eagerness and desire to help each other during the hard times. It was set within the seven days following the terrorist attacks by Irene Shakoff and David Hein a spouse team from Canada. The action takes place in Gander, a small town in Newfoundland, where 38 planes had to land. The piece is fully based on real interviews and stories told by passengers and Gander residents, who had accepted them in their homes.


When there was no doubt that the crashing of planes into Twin Towers and Pentagon were parts of one concerted act of terrorism, the US government closed its entire aerospace, forcing thousands of passenger planes to land wherever they could. Gander, a town with less than 10,000 population, accepted 38 such planes.

The musical tells us about a group of passengers from just one of those airplanes and several families, who let them stay in their homes until things settled. The story features a female pilot, a chef from Egypt, whose fears of bad reception have proved wrong, and a gay couple. Stories from these absolutely different people, when put together by the authors, create a clear picture of the highest human traits and qualities, which surfaced in the time of great trouble.