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★★★★ "'How's the heart?' says the Da of the Guy in 'Once,' the exquisitely crafted, gorgeously resonant and wholly not-to-be-missed Broadway musical that has arrived in Chicago for just three weeks, its newly formed (as in, this is their second week out) first national touring company still flush with the thrill, and a little of the desirable terror, of new discovery. 'Once' is based on the 2007 indie movie (supported early on in its stateside release by Michael Phillips in this newspaper) from director John Carney and starring Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. The best-known song in the show, 'Falling Slowly,' won an Oscar. Although the plot of the film is the plot of the show, mostly, the theatrical version takes what was a story of two distinct individuals and makes them metaphoric stand-ins for a much broader range of human experience. It is a rare feat, achieved here by Walsh, with the help of director John Tiffany and the movement man Steven Hoggett, to express such unabashed romantic feeling, such yearning emotion, without stooping to sentiment or wallowing in cliche." - Chris Jones