The performance of Once at The Washington Center was very upbeat and energetic while at the same time, somber and thoughtful. The story followed two characters who by a chance encounter, formed a deep emotional bond. While the advertisements portrayed it as sappy, the musical incorporated lots of comedy and witty comments into the deeper meaning of the show. The great thing about it was how before the show, all the cast members were out on stage playing music while audience members were free to go up on stage for a drink. So overall it was a very interactive, fun, and also complex story, which made it a delightful show to watch.