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“I could not hear the punch line” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Barter Theatre

Barter Theatre
Ranked #1 of 24 things to do in Abingdon
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Located 3 miles from I-81, exit 17 in the heart of Abingdon, Virginia. Founded in 1933, Barter Theatre offers professional, repertory theatre, 17-19 productions per year, and two unique stages: Barter Main Stage and Barter Stage II. Recognized as the premiere theatre in the region, Barter launched the careers of such notable actors as Gregory Peck, Patricia Neal and Ernest Borgnine. Enjoy classics, comedies, dramas and Broadway musicals. Group rates and packages with fine Abingdon restaurants and lodging available. Stop in The Barter Café and gift shop. Open Feb. – Dec. Call or go on-line for performance schedule.
Knoxville, Tennessee
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“I could not hear the punch line”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I've driven by the Barter Theater for decades and heard good things. A friend and I made the two hour trip. We got a good deal on the tickets as this was a week day afternoon performance. We sat 7 rows back at floor level. I'm tall and the seats were very un-comfortable and the leg room was lacking. I'm about 6'1" . I'm in my mid 60's and the average age of the audience was older that we. Very few young people. I have some hearing loss but not enough for me to wear a device at least yet. All the actors were female save one. I could hear and understand the male. The females, I could not understand several words which caused me to miss the punch line. I know they have remote microphone capability as I've spoken to people who were there when they were used. I do not know why they did not use microphones that day as the audience was a bunch of old geezers and geezeretes like us and I feel pretty sure many of them did not hear well either. The acoustics are poor in the theater. The is another one of those things to do once, but I will not go back.

Visited June 2014
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Callaway, Virginia
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“Welcome Back to Ivy Gap”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

The play was outstanding. The players were excellent especially in their timing as they delivered their lines. The theatre was full, and the audience was fully involved. Anyone involved with a well established church in the rural South will identify with what they see. It is nothing short of a wonderful experience.

Visited July 2014
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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“First Visit!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Stage II is a cozy venue, and the actors are great!! Each seat offers a great view, and there is a cafe right on the premises.

Visited July 2014
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Emerald Isle, North Carolina
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33 reviews
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“Great Little Theatre”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We went to see the afternoon performance of "Welcome Back to Ivy Gap" and it was a great show. Just being in the town and theatre is a wonderful experience. We stayed at the Inn across the street and this was a great three day getaway.

Visited July 2014
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Abingdon, Virginia
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Always enjoyable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

As a local, I have been attending plays at Barter Theatre for years. They are always enjoyable with many talented cast members. I find it nice to be able to enjoy quality plays for such low prices. We recently saw "Wizard of Oz" and it was exceptional! Keep in mind that if you get your tickets via phone or directly at the box office, you can receive a AAA discount. You can also go online and see the seating chart to pick out your seats.

Visited June 2014
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