|Mona Golabek stars in “The Pianist Of Willesden Lane,” adapted (from the book The Children of Willesden Lane) and directed by Hershey Felder, which launches the inaugural 5A Season at 59E59 Theaters. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
There are those memories which stir the heart and inspire. Mona Golabek shares some of hers with us in “The Pianist of Willesden Lane,” a lovely tribute to her mother, playing at 59E59 Theaters through August 24th, Lisa Jura, who survived the ravages of WWII to achieve the success she dreamt of as a young girl in Vienna.
Like her mother, Mona Golabek is a musician with world-renown, whose memory play is accompanied by her performance at the piano. “The Pianist of Willesden Lane” is told in words and music, beginning with Lisa’s first encounter with the Nazis that make Vienna unsafe for her, and continuing to her concert debut in London some years later.
I love the short-form play. Like condensed milk, it’s made a little richer and sweeter for the concentration.
Its flavor is similar to but different from the original, of course, but more potent and easier to whip into a frenzy of thoughts and ideas.
The challenge for the playwrights is, as always, to make their point fresh and cogent in a brief time. These are mini one acts!
The schedule for this year’s Summer Shorts is:
Series A– The Sky and the Limit by Roger Hedden, directed by Billy Hopkins
Series B–Doubtless by Albert Innaurato, directed by Jack Hofsiss