Theatre Raleigh’s Presentation of Once Is a Once-in-a-Lifetime Theater Experience

David Toole and Morgan Parpan star as Guy and Girl in Once (photo by Jennifer Griffin Robertson)

When the movie, Once, came out in in Ireland 2006, it was a surprise hit. The movie starred Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, who also happen to have written all of the music and lyrics for the film. Folks embraced the story of a brokenhearted Irish street musician/vacuum cleaner repairman who has lost all hope,… Continue reading Theatre Raleigh’s Presentation of Once Is a Once-in-a-Lifetime Theater Experience

Theatre Raleigh’s Production of Once Is Beautiful and Brutally Honest

Once stars (from left) David Bartlett, Morgan Parpan, and Dave Toole (photo by Jennifer Griffin Robertson)

Most love stories go something like this: guy meets girl, guy and girl fall in love, guy loses girl, guy gets girl back. However, in the case of Once, a musical currently onstage at Theatre Raleigh under the direction of Tim Seib and based on a film of the same name by John Carney,a slightly more… Continue reading Theatre Raleigh’s Production of Once Is Beautiful and Brutally Honest

First-Rate Acting and Superb Musicianship Make Theatre Raleigh’s Once a Must-See Musical

Theatre Raleigh's Sept. 5-9 and 12-16 presentation of Once stars (from left) David Bartlett, Morgan Parpan, Andrew Nielson, and Dave Toole (photo by Jennifer Griffin Robertson)

Theatre Raleigh’s current production of Once, directed by Tim Seib, is a 2011 Off-Broadway and 2012 Broadway musical, with music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová and book by Enda Walsh, based on a 2007 Irish film. This is a relatively recent trend for many of us, who grew up watching film versions… Continue reading First-Rate Acting and Superb Musicianship Make Theatre Raleigh’s Once a Must-See Musical

Stuart Ward and Dani de Waal Have Great Chemistry and Sound Beautiful Together in Once in Raleigh

I admit I was holding out on Once, now playing at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh, courtesy Broadway Series South. I happened to be in New York City during its much-acclaimed Off-Broadway run; and at an after-party for the opening night of Teresa Rebeck’s Seminar, I was strongly encouraged… Continue reading Stuart Ward and Dani de Waal Have Great Chemistry and Sound Beautiful Together in Once in Raleigh