I got to go see one of the last few Toronto shows of the Tony award winning performance Once! It was definitely a great experience, too bad you couldn’t take any pictures but even then it wouldn’t have caught the energy you felt in the theatre.
Just like a fellow blogger mentioned in a previous post, at the beginning of the performance you can walk up on stage and order a drink from the bar that’s part of the set. I thought this was a great way to engage your audience and make them feel like they are actual bystanders in the story. My favourite part of the performance was the music! I loved how everything was live and portrayed so much emotion.
I thought one of the messages of the performance was something we really needed to hear. The story of Once follows the lives of musicians in a small part of Dublin and how to overcome their struggles. The one thing they all know is the power of music. The characters mention many times how people that aren’t musicians don’t understand them and how everyone else is just trying to get money from them. However, the Banker (who also enjoys playing guitar) makes a very important statement saying ‘this city needs music’. Especially since society emphasizes getting a white collared job and making profits, the arts have been disappearing. Music and art have been an essentially part of humans throughout history and I think that without either we’re going to lose a part of ourselves of what it’s like to be human. Just something to think about!
We also had an amazing dinner nearby the Ed Mirvish theatre at Elephant & Cage. We thought pub food would be appropriate for the occasion so we ordered some Chicken Pot Pie and Sheppard’s Pie. Both were SO GOOD.