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The Pitmen Painters Critics' Reviews

"The Pitmen Painters has much of importance to say about the nature of art. Lee Hall, who infuses the proceedings with several highly amusing episodes, renders his characters in vivid strokes that never succumb to caricature. Expertly acted by the ensemble and evocatively directed by Max Roberts, the production also gains tremendous impact from its showcasing of re-creations of the miners' actual artworks."

Review by Frank Scheck from The Hollywood Reporter

"An entertaining and touching piece of entertainment that is intelligent, poignant and thought-provoking."

Review by Terry Teachout from The Wall Street Journal

"Lee Hall's play has been given an assured staging by Max Roberts that is crisp and clean. There are uniformly stellar performances from the terrific cast."

Review by Joe Dziemianowicz from New York Daily News

""Broadway already has a feel good - make that a feel great - hit in The Pitmen Painters. Scribe Lee Hall draws on the same inspirational themes that served him so well in Billy Elliot with this heartbreakingly funny play.... Everything about this show, from the depressingly bare union hall where the miners meet for their weekly classes to the rough regional dialect with which they assault the tender ears of their upper-class instructor, says: This is real. This is life." "

Review by Marilyn Stasio from Variety

"“A priceless piece of theater. The superlative ‘painters’ of this astonishing production are phenomenal talents. Lee Hall’s brilliant script captures truly authentic voices in all their prickly, naive glory. Under the impeccable direction of Max Roberts, this exceptional ensemble has managed to polish the play to near perfection. The Pitmen Painters is a joy to watch.”"

Review by Roma Torre from NY1

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