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About Three Pianos - Off Broadway

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Three Pianos – the OBIE-winning hit music-theatre event that wowed audiences and critics alike in its sold-out run at the Ontological-Hysteric Incubator in March – is a theatrical explosion of Franz Schubert's song cycle Winterreise. Filled with fantastical touches and inventive arrangements, Three Pianos is a colorful, imaginative evening of chaos exploring Schubert's music, life, and times. Written, arranged, and performed by Rick Burkhardt (Nonsense Company), Alec Duffy (Hoi Polloi), and Dave Malloy (Banana Bag & Bodice), the play is set on a blustery winter night on which three friends – each manning a piano – lead the audience through Schubert's famous work. Performing the song cycle while drinking and grappling with fundamental questions about the nature of music, the three pianists slip into a wild reenactment of a "Schubertiad," a musical salon party thrown by Schubert and his friends, connecting the two groups through the centuries. An evening of hilarity and heartbreak unfolds, in which the audience is invited to the party - with complimentary wine. Compositional mayhem, shifting rivalries, and some unfortunate butchery of the German language ensue.

Performance Dates: December 7, 2010 - January 16, 2011

Run Time: 110 min.


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