ONCE | Kennedy Theater | Stage | Indy Week
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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 16 2018
Price: $33-35

In significant ways, Once—adapted from John Carney's critically acclaimed 2007 film—is almost an anti-Broadway musical. Its bristling score for an upstart Irish folk band, performed on stage by musicians who double as actors, sets us squarely in a Dublin pub far removed from Tin Pan Alley. Raw, vulnerable lyrics by Glen Hansard (The Commitments) and Markéta Irglová, which won the film its single Academy Award, repeatedly disclose the emotional sharpness of this story of almosts: an Irish busker who almost gives up his dreams, a diffident Czech pianist who is almost free to love him, a breakthrough album and musical career that almost didn't happen, and an almost happily-ever-after ending. Director Tim Seib and musical director Joanna Li helm the Theatre Raleigh production starring Dave Toole and Morgan Parpan. —Byron Woods



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