Portland Center for the Performing Arts, 222 South West Clay, Portland, OR 97201
Ended 15 Jun 2014 after 4 days
Heartstopping and enthralling...
The Huffington Post
Based on the 2006 Oscar winning indie sleeper-hit, Once is the low-key Broadway hit that has re-defined the modern musical, telling the story of a wistful Dublin romance.
Told in a rapturous pub, the audience is invited to join in with the actors/musicians, who's double talents heighten the organic feel of the show, creating an irresistible hootenanny that keeps you at the heart of the action, with songs such as 'Falling Slowly' and 'Leave'.
With choreography and a charming, minimalistic approach to staging that The New York Times called distinctive and unlike anything previously seen on Broadway, this swelling and celebratory production will pull at your heartstrings with its existential and accepting nature that encompasses everybody.
A passive busker named Guy is playing guitar when he meets Girl, with whom he shares a connection through a mutual love of music. The shy kindred spirits start to make music together, mixing their complementary style to create a melancholic folk-rock sound that explores the themes of love and loss.
Over the course of a week their lives change forever, there is poignancy and where there is a joyous celebration of love, there is also a bitter-sweet feeling that will stick with you long after you've left the theatre. This will not disappoint fans of the original movie and new theatre.
Director John Carney sketched out the outline for the original movie in 5 minutes when sitting in a cafe in Dublin in 2004, because he was missing his girlfriend who'd taken a job in London.
Opening night: 11 June 2014
Closing night: 15 June 2014
Contains limited profanity, including the "f" word, but is otherwise an extremely wholesome show. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.
Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including intermission
25 reviews, average rating: (3.3 Stars)
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I was unsure what to expect and it was hauntingly beautiful.....my only cri... more
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