Friday, September 28, 2018

Once– again - at Theater Latte Da.

So, our musical theater mavens kind of gushed over Theater Latte Da's staging of the 2012 Tony-Award winning romantic (based on a film of the same name) about a Dublin busker and the young Czech immigrant who hears his music and believes in him.

“It’s a simple story,” writes Mary Aalgaard of #playoffthepage: “Guy meets Girl on the streets of Dublin and they make beautiful music together”.  Mary liked the way the #TheaterLatteDa production “welcomes [the audience] “into the story” with “the cast members play[ing] Irish music as you are finding your seats.” And what a cast it is!  As Guy, “Ben Bakken is delightful” while “Britta Ollmann is everything that the Girl needs to be – a strong, determined, serious Czech woman with a gorgeous voice, excellent piano skills, and a compassionate heart.”

This was Jill’s “fourth time“ writing about Once.  But the intrepid #cherryandspoon blogger was impatient to see a production created by "genius director Peter Rothstein"  at her favorite musical theater company. She reports: “Latte Da has managed to put their own unique spin on it and cast 13 multi-talented locale performers to create something truly special that will make your heart ache in the best possible way.”

Seeing Once once was not enough for Becki Iverson either.  The #Compendium blogger likens revisiting Once to a kind of self-care since “few experiences can instantly center you in the quiet liminal space between the chaos.... It's a beautifully written show that exists solely in the gray areas, the spaces in between.”  

Theater Latte Da’s production of Once is directed by Peter Rothstein and runs through October 21st at the Ritz Theater in Minneapolis.  For tix and info, go to

Ben Bakken and Britta Ollmann in Theater Latte Da's Once. Photo by Dan Norman.