David M. Heisler’s Event Journal

Willesden lane
Wednesday May 8, 2013 / 7:30pm
The Pianist of Willesden Lane
4 tickets
Assigned at Box Office Special

How was your experience?

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All four of us really enjoyed this unusual production, with a few nits. Mona Golabek channels her mother in retelling a remarkable story of survival during WW2, propelled along with bits and pieces of virtuosic pianism. But since the piano performances, while inextricably linked to the story, are secondary, we never got to hear a single piece all the way through. I guess that's to be expected given that the primary purpose of the production is to tell about Golabek's mother, but it was frustrating at times. Also, there are many unforgettable real-life characters that Golabek describes through her stories, but we're left hanging at the end as to what happened to many of them. Even a few extra minutes tying up loose ends (or putting notes in the program) would resolve that. But even with those "minor" complaints, Golabek and the production are compelling and well worth your time.