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Laguna Playhouse
606 Laguna Canyon Rd. Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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“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.

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