2 Pianos, 4 Hands Play at San Francisco's ACT, Feb. 17

News   2 Pianos, 4 Hands Play at San Francisco's ACT, Feb. 17 Imagine what it's like to almost make it in the world of concert piano, then add a bit of flavor from the Warren Beatty/Dustin Hoffman film, "Ishtar." Stage it all at the American Conservatory Theatre (A.C.T.) in San Fransisco and you have 2 Pianos, 4 Hands, a story about two would-be prodigies who struggle to reconcile their musical ambitions in the face of less than supernatural talent.

Imagine what it's like to almost make it in the world of concert piano, then add a bit of flavor from the Warren Beatty/Dustin Hoffman film, "Ishtar." Stage it all at the American Conservatory Theatre (A.C.T.) in San Fransisco and you have 2 Pianos, 4 Hands, a story about two would-be prodigies who struggle to reconcile their musical ambitions in the face of less than supernatural talent.

Written by Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt, 2 Pianos, 4 Hands will run at A.C.T. from Feb. 22 through March 22. The run begins with preview performances Feb. 17.

Begun in 1992 and known to audiences in Great Britain, Canada and the United States, 2 Pianos, 4 Hands is based on real-life attempts at concertizing experienced by Dykstra and Greenblatt.

Most of the show's music, featuring an eclectic blend of Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Bach, Hoagy Carmichael, Elton John, Scott Joplin and Billy Joel is performed by Gregory Charles and Jean Marchand.

Set designs are by Chuck Sanger, lighting design is by Derek Duarte and sound design is by Garth Hemphill. Tickets are available at the Geary Theatre Box Office, 405 Geary Street in San Fransisco, (212) 749-2228 or by visiting www.act-sfbay.org.

-- By Murdoch McBride