I went into Once on this Island completely cold. I knew nothing about the music, staging, or story. I actually won the tickets through a lottery. I left the show crying. It was a gorgeous retelling of the tragic story of Ti Moune. From the innovative staging to the stellar cast, this production cannot be missed.
The show starts with a BBQ. The company enters the stage, and Alex Newell starts cooking. The smells fill the theater, and it all comes alive. There is also a live goat. Yes, @goatsonthisisland is real and very well behaved.
At Circle in the Square, the theater is in the round. Regardless of your seat, you get a full experience. Winds and rains transport you to the Island where the company bring it to life. The origin story of Ti Moune is told with such passion and originality. While the cast describes a flood, rain fills and floods the stage. A delightful screen and shadow puppets provide the history and context of the world. We’re brought along as Ti Moune cares for and seeks out Daniel under the guidance and supervision of the Gods. I won’t spoil the plot but know that I left the show in tears. I plan to go back as soon as possible.
Have you seen it? What did you think?
Banner Photo Credit: Joan Marcus