By Andrew Andrews
The outdoor stage at The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck is a wonderful place to spend a sunny summer evening, and presented the perfect opportunity for the premiere get-together of my new Meetup group.
I’ve never seen the movie or the musical before, but other members of the group noted a few differences in this production, such as the inclusion of a modern dance performer as the ghost-like memory of the girlfriend, holding the busker’s attention with every delivery of one of his melancholy songs.
Although I personally didn’t find the story or music particularly compelling, and felt the performance lacked a certain oomph I find impossible to pin down, my new friends were quite satisfied with the production, and one person even said they enjoyed The Center’s version of the story much more than the show they saw on Broadway a few years back.
The large cast of multi-disciplinary
The three Meetup group members who joined me for this performance all felt the experience was worthy of at least four stars. Perhaps it’s because the impressive Mac-Haydn production of She Loves Me was still too fresh in my mind, but I just don’t feel this show rose to the bar set the evening before.
Nonetheless, the socially-distanced, picnic-friendly performances at The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck are an excellent value, and a great way to enjoy what’s left of the warm summer evenings before the kids head back to school.
Andrew Andrews attended Once at The Center for Performing Arts Outdoor Stage in Rhinebeck on Friday, August 13, 2021 @ 8:00pm to write this review.