2 Pianos, 4 Hands Shuts March 19 At San Francisco's A.C.T.

News   2 Pianos, 4 Hands Shuts March 19 At San Francisco's A.C.T. Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt's 2 Pianos, 4 Hands closes March 19 at the American Conservatory Theatre (A.C.T.) in San Francisco. The limited engagement opened Feb 22. A.C.T. reports that it has some seats left for the Sat. matinee March 18, and scattered seats for evening performances on Fri., March 17 and Sat., March 18. However, the Sun., March 19 matinee (closing performance) is completely sold out, with no cancellations indicated at press time.

Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt's 2 Pianos, 4 Hands closes March 19 at the American Conservatory Theatre (A.C.T.) in San Francisco. The limited engagement opened Feb 22. A.C.T. reports that it has some seats left for the Sat. matinee March 18, and scattered seats for evening performances on Fri., March 17 and Sat., March 18. However, the Sun., March 19 matinee (closing performance) is completely sold out, with no cancellations indicated at press time.

Based on what it would like to almost make it in the world of concert piano, the plays adds a bit of flavor from the Warren Beatty Dustin Hoffman film, "Ishtar." The ACT production is about two would-be prodigies who struggle to reconcile their musical ambitions in the face of less than supernatural talent. As reported earlier, 2 Pianos, 4 Hands was based on real life attempts at concertizing experienced by Dykstra and Greenblatt. Begun in 1992, the play is now known to audiences in Great Britain, Canada and the United States.

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.

Remaining tickets are available at the Geary Theatre Box Office, 405 Geary Street in San Francisco, (212) 749-2228 or by visiting www.act-sfbay.org. -- By Murdoch McBride