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“Tenderly” Review (Manchester Journal)

In 1968, Rosemary Clooney, the fabled 1950's songstress who starred opposite Bing Crosby in the movie “White Christmas,” was performing at a gig in Reno, Nevada. In that tumultuous time, she offered her audience a generous helping of past hits that swung but were no longer in fashion. As she began to warble “Come On-A My House,” she unraveled. “Tenderly” presents the life of Rosemary Clooney, framed around that 1968 breakdown and her attempts with a psychiatrist to see her way back by revisiting past struggles, glories and disappointments. Weston’s production of this appreciation of her full, flawed life is a triumph. And there are all of those wonderful songs! READ MORE

Weston’s ‘Once:’ Superb ensemble in this celebration of music, love (Chester Telegraph)

Weston Playhouse opens its 81st summer season with a joyous production of  Once, a musical based on the 2007 Oscar-winning film of the same name. Once celebrates a passion for music and the rediscovery of love, and this production has brought together singer/actor/musicians to create one of the best ensembles you are likely to see and hear this — or any other — season. In this musical, the cast also serves as its own orchestra...READ MORE

"Once" Review (Manchester Journal)

Weston Playhouse Theatre Company’s rousing, engaging and thoroughly satisfying production of “Once,” the award-winning musical that opened its season, begins in an Irish pub. Prior to the formal performance, patrons were treated to non-alcoholic ginger beer onstage alongside cast members who, each armed with a fiddle, mandolin, banjo, cello or other instrument, took turns playing various ditties and jigs. READ MORE

Theater review: ‘Once’ upon a time in an Irish pub (Rutland Herald)

“Once” is unlike most Broadway musical storytelling, and it’s not just because it’s Irish -though that is largely responsible for the quirky but delicious plot. Rather, the love story in “Once” emerges from a cabaret on stage where performers are both actors and pit band. And the result, in the Weston Playhouse production opening its 2017 main stage season Friday, was effervescent, fun and deeply affecting. Performances run through July 15. READ MORE 

Theater Review: 'Once,' Weston Playhouse (Seven Days)

In staging the exultant musical Once, the Weston Playhouse doesn't just present an evening of toe-tapping music. It also aims to overfill our glasses, as if we're all together in an Irish pub listening to songs, with Guinness dripping from our pints. Guitar, fiddle, cello, bass, accordion and percussion (from spoons to drums) fill the theater, just as music fills the characters' hearts. The 2012 Tony Award-winning musical is based on John Carney's 2007 movie that starred the songs' composers: Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová. With book by Enda Walsh, the show keeps a hint of the bittersweet love story between an Irish busker and a Czech immigrant in Dublin. But the main focus is on the love of music itself and finding the courage to follow a dream. READ MORE