Immerse yourself in passionate, flawlessly played classical music and absorb a riveting true story of family love in Laguna Playhouse’s “The Pianist of Willesden Lane,” in production only until June. 9.
Coming straight from her heart and executed with fluid professionalism, sole performer Mona Golabek summons pathos in her audience as she recounts the sacrifices of a Jewish family caught in the Nazi terrorism that instigated WWII. The one-woman show is produced by a master of mixing classical music with theatrical characters, Hershey Felder.
“The Pianist” provides a historical narrative as accessible to teens as “Anne Frank,” but weaves in excerpts of sonatas and concertos that audibly mirror the plot’s upheaval. Projected historical imagery enriches the scene as well.
Golabek has won major awards and played at The Royal Festival Hall, the Kennedy Center and the Hollywood Bowl.
Performer Mona Golabek signing a book about her mother’s life after escaping Vienna, on which the play is based.
Photo by Charles Weinberg