SYNOPSIS: This Tony award-winning musical, based on the surprise hit film of the same name, is about the romance between an Irish street musician and the young Czech woman, also a musician, he meets on the streets of Dublin. A tender love story in which two people fall in love over a shared passion for music, Once features some of the most beautiful love songs written for the screen or stage, and a cast of actors who also play all the musical instruments in the show.
LANGUAGE: There is a small amount of strong language in the play, including the occasional use of the four-letter Anglo Saxon obscenity (all uttered in either a charming Irish brogue or an impenetrable Czech accent), along with a small amount of other vulgar language and a few uses of “Jesus” (or “Jaysus,” as the Irish say). Specifically, the language includes a dozen or so uses of “fuck/fucking/fuck it,” as well as “Jesus/Jaysus,” “Christ,” “screwed,” “shit,” “fecker,” “wanker,” “crap,” “asshole” and “bastard.”
SMOKING/DRINKING: Some of Once’s scenes are set in a bar, so there will be depictions of drinking and smoking.
SEX: None. The two main characters fall in love, but quite chastely; any implied sexual activity occurs offstage.
FOR WHICH AUDIENCES? Once is a gentle musical suitable for all audiences, but the small amount of vulgar language will be discomfiting to conservative audience members. Students ten years and above will love the show and the music but should attend at a parent’s discretion. Children 5-10 years old may be bored by the show.
RATING: The movie version of Once was rated “R” for language.