In “Once,” a Czech Immigrant Girl Gives a Struggling Irish Songwriter the Courage to Pursue His Dreams

Next up at the Durham Performing Arts Center is the first national tour of the 2012 Tony Award®-winning musical Once, which is based on the Academy Award®-winning 2007 Irish musical film about a Czech immigrant girl who gives a struggling Irish singer-songwriter the courage to pursue his dreams. (Shot on a shoestring budget of $160,000… Continue reading In “Once,” a Czech Immigrant Girl Gives a Struggling Irish Songwriter the Courage to Pursue His Dreams

Enda Walsh’s “The New Electric Ballroom” Turns the Lonely Lives of Three Sisters Into a Dark Comedy

Manbites Dog Theater’s all-star presentation of “The New Electric Ballroom,” a 2008 tragicomedy by Dublin-born Irish playwright and screenwriter Enda Walsh puts sad and fronwy face on the loneliness and sexual frustration of three middle-aged spinster sisters sharing a cramped cottage in a small rural fishing village on the Irish coast. By day, they toil — and gossip — at the local cannery; but by night …