‘Once’ is more than might be expected

By Clarke Reader

The common perception of musicals is that they’re lavish song-and-dance productions that prize boldness and glitz over substance. That has never been completely true, but those ideas completely come apart when it comes to “Once.”

Based on John Carney’s 2007 film, starring Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová (who also wrote the music), the show is a startlingly intimate story about music as human connection and love (both unfulfilled and not)… Read more…