2 Pianos 4 Hands, The Comic Coming-of-Age Musical
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Over the course of one sultry evening, a prominent Southern family is pushed to the brink when tender memories are relived and life-altering secrets are revealed. Wealthy plantation owner Big Daddy's family has gathered to celebrate his 65th birthday, while sparing him the news that he's dying of cancer. As one son, a former football hero, mysteriously retreats from his desirable but sexually frustrated wife, his money-hungry brother and sister-in-law plot to secure more than their fair share of the family fortune. This Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by American icon Tennessee Williams sizzles with passion and greed. Learn More
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You've got the Midas touch! I bought tix more than a month in advance for the balcony, I was bringing my wife and inlaws to the show. We arrived right at curtain and the will call informed me that they had made an error but made it right by seating us downstairs with perfect sightlines. I recommend the Laguna Playhouse for excellent customer service, as well as a fantastic venue to see first class plays.
2 Pianos 4 Hands is really a neat concept and the performance last night was virtually flawless. The two gents mature from the agony of childhood piano lessons and competitions; with all the quirks of their parents and teachers; to the stark realization that they don't posess the chops to be professional concert pianists. The story strikes a chord in everyone, as the metaphor of the piano can be substituted for any of life's unfulfilled dreams.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of this show is the lightning fast segue the actors make from playing the piano to acting. Back and forth, back and forth, the characters change with hilarious reparte and stunning musicianship.
The final song and then encore showcase the two pianists as adults reflecting on their love of playing, regardless of the fact that they never made the big time.
Thanks for a great evening Goldstar, you truly are the best!
Best to all in 2006,
Quotes & Highlights
“Routines in the style of Liberace and Victor Borge abound as do hilarious one-liners. A razor sharp insight into the world of training and competition.” — Variety
“From ‘Chopsticks’ to works by Bach and Beethoven with some Billy Joel and Jerry Lee Lewis thrown in for good measure, the show is delightful.” —The Courier Journal
Laguna Playhouse presents the fourth production of its 2005-2006 season, the hilarious musical comedy, 2 PIANOS 4 HANDS, created by Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt and starring Richard Carsey and Tom Frey.
In 2 PIANOS 4 HANDS, two actors, two pianos and many, many characters grace the stage as fifteen years of learning the art of piano playing unfolds in an hour and a half. This riotous musical begins with young Richard – “Richy” – being told he is too young to play the pedal. So begins the journey of these two boys – “Richard and Ted” – in search of their dream of concert pianist stardom.
In the beginning each actor plays a younger version of himself while the other becomes the teacher, the adjudicator, the parent. No costume changes are needed; posture, voice and mannerisms are all that is required to indicate a new character has entered the scene.
As “friendly” competitors they face off at various festivals – experiencing stage fright and eight year old prodigies who have thankfully moved away.
Seamlessly, as the boys mature so does their piano playing. From Little Birch Canoe they move to auditioning for the Conservatory, playing Jazz and, well, thinking about the opposite sex. One key turning point is a scene between Ted and his father when his dad points out that his son really doesn’t have a life outside of music. Ted responds with “I’m not going to ‘try’ to be anything okay, I’m going to be a professional musician”.
And there lies the universal plight of all those with an ounce of training and talent – the will and the dream to “be” a professional musician, athlete, actor or dancer. Through two strong characters – “Ted and Richard” – 2 PIANOS 4 HANDS captures the humor that comes with learning to play the piano, and the sense of loss of eventually learning to let go of one’s dream.