This domestic drama begins in Cape Town some forty years ago with a fateful day in the life of a hapless Jewish family, whose only son is a musical prodigy. The second act takes place in a present-day London recording studio, where said prodigy, now a successful concert pianist, meets up again with his family. Where has his art taken him? What has it meant to all of them? A superb cast finely directed and carefully recorded answers these questions in a riveting production. Stacy Keach convincingly plays the grown-up musician and his Lithuania-born schlemiel of a father. As his self-pitying wife, Alice Krige gives a passionate, albeit strident, performance. Jeffrey Jones and Miriam Margolyes flawlessly render the supporting roles that give the play much of its humor and humanity.
This deeply human and complex drama alternates between 1950s Cape Town and contemporary London, weighing the price a gifted musician’s single-minded devotion to his art exacts upon his relationships with his family. This full-cast production features Lars Carlson, Stacy Keach, Alice Krige, Miriam Margolyes, and Jeffrey Jones.