?2 Pianos 4 Hands? is an unusual import with a premise that sounds questionable: a play with music about musical pedagogy.

The production is funny, touching and illuminating. Here’s the story behind the play: Creators Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt, two Canadian actors, met by accident and discovered they both had been trained as classical pianists. Their shared stories resulted in a casual duo concert in which they performed favorite pieces including Bach’s D Minor Concerto. Encouraged by its success, they developed a theatre piece incorporating stories about how they became accomplished pianists and why music drives, haunts and nourishes them.

Playing all the parts – student and teacher, son and father, etc. – the two guys toured Canada, and they played London and Off Broadway.
The work’s success spawned a new cast and an expanded tour of regional theatres.

Actor/musicians Carl Danielsen and Mark Anders bring the piece to life in Denver. On an elegant stage with one chandelier and Steinways, the men reenact the lives of two gifted musicians who struggle with youthful dreams, boring practice sessions, demanding parents, difficult teachers, quirky mentors, the high tension of a conservatory education and the cold slap of reality.

?2 Pianos 4 Hands? is all about human aspiration. No matter what your vocation, this play will remind you of yours.