2 Pianos, 4 Hands, a combination comedy and piano recital written and performed by Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt, began its Canadian tour Oct. 13 at Alberta Theatre Projects' Martha Cohen Theatre. Tonight, March 14, the show opens at Regina, Saskatchewan's Globe Theatre.
The show, described as "a touching look at a youth spent over the keys of a piano... takes fond pokes at eccentric piano teachers, relentless Kiwanis Music Festivals, terrifying examinations, and the love-hate rituals of practicing. Musical numbers range from `Heart And Soul' to manic improvisations to Bach, Mozart and Beethoven." Andy McKim is the show's "consulting director."
As an actor, Dykstra has worked at the Stratford and Shaw Festivals; as a writer, he's currently working on two musicals, Dorian and Club Lafayette. Greenblatt started his acting career at the Globe in 1975's The Great Hunger.
2 Pianos, 4 Hands first opened last March at the Tarragon Theatre and returned there for a one-month, encore run this September. In between came a summer production at the Piggery in Quebec. Once the Globe engagement ends March 26, 2 Pianos, 4 Hands moves to Montreal's Centaur Theatre (Apr. 1-May 11).
For tickets and information regarding 2 Pianos, 4 Hands at the Globe in Regina, call (306) 525-9553. -- By David Lefkowitz