World premieres of theater works always have a bit of a “work in progress” feel to them, but despite some quibbles, there’s little to be said badly of Great Scott. It is, simply, one of the most engaging modern operas produced this century
The songs in Once — both the stage show and the film — are among the most impassioned and haunting acoustic ballads ever composed (one, “Falling Slowly,” won the best song Oscar), and they chill me each time I hear them.
Although she’s not technically famous as an insult comic (a term reserved mostly for Don Rickles, Jeff Ross and Lisa Lampanelli), her best bits involve attacking celebrities “including the adorable little lesbian — what’s her name? — Justin Bieber.”