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Posted by Karen Kenison on June 26, 2015 at 5:34pm 0 Comments

As soon as you enter the theater for Once it is clear that this is a different kind of show from the rest of the Broadway season. When you enter the theater, instead of a still stage, the stage is alive with the actors having a jam session. In addition the audience is allowed to mill around onstage, which creates an entirely new atmosphere for the theater. The lights slowly fade out as the music continues until it is completely dark and the play…


Everyone Should See Once, Once

Posted by Taylor Leighton on June 25, 2015 at 11:30pm 0 Comments

This isn’t your shimmery lighting, jazzy dancing, flashy singing type of musicals. All preconceived notions of what a typical musical looks like should be defenestrated. In its place stands Once directed by John Tiffany. Playing at the State Theater through June 28, the show’s raw emotions and captivating instrumentation will have the audience wanting to see it twice.

The show takes place in Dublin, Ireland, where a struggling musician broods over his music and a past love.…


Once is simply "Gold"

Posted by Anne Boatman on June 25, 2015 at 10:57pm 0 Comments

Walking into the State Theatre for Once felt like what I imagine walking into an Irish pub on an open mic night might feel like. The stage was filled with people, both audience members and actors from the show. Behind the people on the stage was a mirror covered brick wall and a bar. The actors on stage were all playing music and singing from the time that we walked into the theatre until the start of the…


Go See "Once" While You Still Have Time!

Posted by Delia Grimes on June 25, 2015 at 9:57pm 0 Comments

           Once the Musical, playing at the State Theater until the 28th of June, is likely not like any musical you’ve seen before, which may or may not be a good thing. Even before the actual show starts, it brings new ideas into play -- most notably, when you walk in to be seated there is already a performance happening in the form of…



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Dirty Dancing

Started by Zoë Makila in Uncategorized Oct 10, 2014. 0 Replies

Do you think Dirty Dancing the stage play would work as a stand alone? I'm curious if you think it's strong enough and has enough of a plot by itself to carry people through without having seen the…Continue

Are Critics Too Snobby?

Started by Dudley Voigt in Uncategorized May 17, 2012. 0 Replies

TC Daily Planet 5/16Jay Gabler, Front Row Seat,When a movie critic says something my dad doesn't agree with, Dad will grunt. "Those critics see too many movies! They have no idea what the average…Continue


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    What is SpotLight's Critical Reviewer Program?

    SpotLight's Critical Review Program gives high school students the opportunity to attend and review touring Broadway productions and SpotLight school productions. Critical Review is part of a larger curriculum that teaches communication skills, and enhances critical thinking and creative response. As part of this program, students receive study guides and press kits before the show, learn from experts including local theatre critics, playwrights and actors who discuss topics from lighting design to choreography, and in some cases, have expanded access to the Broadway touring cast and crew. 

    This program is funded through the generous support of Fred and Ann Moore.



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