A Nonny Moose (clandestiny) wrote,
A Nonny Moose

Once Review

Saw the musical Once last night. I want to term it as a 'generational musical'. Something that speaks to the youth of the present, but those too far out of the spectrum may not enjoy it as much.
Other 'generational musicals' are: Rent, Spring Awakening, and American Idiot. This one is like some kind of emo show, but not as depressing... Indy rock-ish, with some Beatles-type of music. It's kind of like this: someone takes Roger from Rent, heals him from AIDS, makes his girlfriend alive, but has him be in Dublin while she is in New York, and have him be able to write his own great songs with a band. That is this show. It's like Roger's spin-off musical, except all the characters have different names and the setting has its own quirks. Does this mean I like the show? Not really. I find it to be tedious and a bit boring, as well as harmful to men. What do like about the show is the following: letting the audience go on stage to drink before the show and at intermission, having the Czech family speak English, but use Czech supertitles when they are supposedly speaking Czech in order to distinguish a language barrier, the use of mirrors as set and lighting pieces, and the hard work all the actors do for this show.

2 1/2 out of 5.
Tags: reviews, theatre--ushering
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