Once

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Reviews: 7

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Winner of eight Tony Awards, Once the musical is adapted from the Oscar-winning movie about a heartbroken Irish guitarist who has given up on love and music until an immigrant girl inspires him to keep going. Their shared love of music draws the two together and the unexpected friendship quickly evolves into a powerful but complicated love story. The musical, by Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova, and Enda Walsh, features an ensemble of actors and musicians who play their own instruments on stage. The performance will be presented In the Round, bringing the audience closer than ever to the stage.

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Currently, a brilliantly-staged, can't-miss new regional production has just emerged in Southern California by way of 3-D Theatricals under the thoughtful, eloquent direction of Kari Hayter...

To put it simply, 3-D Theatricals' wonderful reproduction of ONCE - THE MUSICAL is a 360-degree triumph of pure stage magic, filled with raw, searing emotions, endearingly likable characters, and spectacular musical performances that make this one of 3D-Theatricals' most deeply heartfelt productions to date.

sweet - Michael Quintos - Broadway World - ...read full review


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On leaving Cerritos, this critic feels richer for this experience. All of us at times are conflicted with uncertainty about our path forward. Many struggle with the twists and turns as we live and learn. Looking out over the bluffs in Dublin, these two explore the possibilities of their love under the watchful gaze of the moon. Regardless of the exigencies of their connection, they inspire us to seize the moment and let the bounty of love prosper and endure.

ONCE beckons and promises to be grand. Partake.

sweet - Bill Reese - Table to Stage - ...read full review


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The musicians are strong performers with a commanding presence, and the numbers in which the cast moves in complete sync while song bursts from the stage are arrestingly memorable.

sweet - Nikki Munoz - LA Times - ...read full review


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Yes, this production could absolutely be on Broadway, but Cricket Myers’ sound, while making the large and gorgeous Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts seem even more intimate, failed to do any more than amplify. A slight echo mixed with sloppy accents (yes, I know it sounds authentic, but we want to hear every word) sadly garbles language; it’s amazing the show’s impact given so many unintelligible lyrics. Admittedly, we get more used to the brogue as the show progresses, but this egregious situation could most likely be fixed with clipped diction, a dialect coach, and volume on instruments lowered even more during singing. The transformation of the theater at Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts is remarkable, and the only views which seemed problematic for the audience were in the first five rows facing one side of the stage as there was no rake for those seats.

Sadly it’s a short run; do not miss this triumphant event.

sweet - Tony Frankel - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


Steven Stanley

Whether you’ve seen it once, twice, or more times than you could possibly count, you won’t want to miss 3-D Theatricals’ Once, sure to be remembered as one of the year’s most magical, memorable musical theater triumphs.

sweet - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review


Leo Buck

Even with a decade of providing Southland theater enthusiasts with top-flight entertainment under their belts, this marks something of a distinguished achievement for 3-D Theatricals, as it’s categorically like nothing they’ve ever produced before! If you’re eager to find a theatrical experience comprised largely of softer, more intense–but 100% genuine and relatable moments, “Once” is definitely it!

sweet - Leo Buck - Bucking Trends - ...read full review


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A very talented cast of musician-actors inhabit that space fluidly and dynamically, bringing to life an unconventional love story infused with emo folk-rock.
It’s hard to say whether the cast members of Once are better musicians or actors, for they perform excellently as both.

sweet - Anita W. Harris - Signal Tribune - ...read full review


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Currently, a brilliantly-staged, can't-miss new regional production has just emerged in Southern California by way of 3-D Theatricals under the thoughtful, eloquent direction of Kari Hayter...

To put it simply, 3-D Theatricals' wonderful reproduction of ONCE - THE MUSICAL is a 360-degree triumph of pure stage magic, filled with raw, searing emotions, endearingly likable characters, and spectacular musical performances that make this one of 3D-Theatricals' most deeply heartfelt productions to date.

sweet - Michael Quintos - Broadway World - ...read full review


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On leaving Cerritos, this critic feels richer for this experience. All of us at times are conflicted with uncertainty about our path forward. Many struggle with the twists and turns as we live and learn. Looking out over the bluffs in Dublin, these two explore the possibilities of their love under the watchful gaze of the moon. Regardless of the exigencies of their connection, they inspire us to seize the moment and let the bounty of love prosper and endure.

ONCE beckons and promises to be grand. Partake.

sweet - Bill Reese - Table to Stage - ...read full review


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The musicians are strong performers with a commanding presence, and the numbers in which the cast moves in complete sync while song bursts from the stage are arrestingly memorable.

sweet - Nikki Munoz - LA Times - ...read full review


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Yes, this production could absolutely be on Broadway, but Cricket Myers’ sound, while making the large and gorgeous Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts seem even more intimate, failed to do any more than amplify. A slight echo mixed with sloppy accents (yes, I know it sounds authentic, but we want to hear every word) sadly garbles language; it’s amazing the show’s impact given so many unintelligible lyrics. Admittedly, we get more used to the brogue as the show progresses, but this egregious situation could most likely be fixed with clipped diction, a dialect coach, and volume on instruments lowered even more during singing. The transformation of the theater at Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts is remarkable, and the only views which seemed problematic for the audience were in the first five rows facing one side of the stage as there was no rake for those seats.

Sadly it’s a short run; do not miss this triumphant event.

sweet - Tony Frankel - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


Steven Stanley

Whether you’ve seen it once, twice, or more times than you could possibly count, you won’t want to miss 3-D Theatricals’ Once, sure to be remembered as one of the year’s most magical, memorable musical theater triumphs.

sweet - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review


Leo Buck

Even with a decade of providing Southland theater enthusiasts with top-flight entertainment under their belts, this marks something of a distinguished achievement for 3-D Theatricals, as it’s categorically like nothing they’ve ever produced before! If you’re eager to find a theatrical experience comprised largely of softer, more intense–but 100% genuine and relatable moments, “Once” is definitely it!

sweet - Leo Buck - Bucking Trends - ...read full review


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A very talented cast of musician-actors inhabit that space fluidly and dynamically, bringing to life an unconventional love story infused with emo folk-rock.
It’s hard to say whether the cast members of Once are better musicians or actors, for they perform excellently as both.

sweet - Anita W. Harris - Signal Tribune - ...read full review