‘Once on This Island’ @ U of L Playhouse

Jan. 30-Feb. 3

U of L Playhouse
1911 S. Third St. • 852-6814
$12-$18; 8 p.m. (plus 3 p.m. Sat. & Sun.)

It’s difficult now to think of Haiti without painfully remembering the earthquake, but the U of L African-American Theatre Program’s current production takes us back to pre-devastation with a Caribbean fairy tale musical. Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s “Once on This Island” weaves song and dance with Haitian religious beliefs and socioeconomic themes to tell the story of a romance between a peasant girl and a wealthy boy she rescues from death. “The mismatched lovers are much like the ‘Little Mermaid’ fairy tale but with a tragic twist and calypso flavor,” director Nefertiti Burton says. “The cast brings this story to life with a triple play of singing, dancing and acting.” —Jane Mattingly

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