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April 17, 2014

Centaur Theatre presents "2 Pianos 4 Hands"

Play: One of most successful Canadian productions ever

MONTREAL — So you’re good, but are you good enough?

The Centaur Theatre season concludes with “2 Pianos 4 Hands,” a musical comedy that tells the tale of two up-and-coming concert pianists — portraying a cast of different characters — who play their way to possible fame and fortune. It’s all set, of course, to some very beautiful music.

The play was written by Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt who based the work on their own experiences growing up.

“It’s about anybody who ever had a dream as a kid about doing something and achieving something and then confronting the possibility that they might not be good enough to do it,” Greenblatt said, who directs this Centaur production.

Greenblatt says the above sentiment goes for whether you want to be a tennis player, an astronaut or president of the United States, and was certainly the case for him and Dykstra, his writing and performing partner. Both had studied piano at an early age spending countless hours practicing, practicing and practicing.

“But it became clear at about the time when we were 16 or 17 that we weren’t good enough to get to that next level,” he said. “You have to be kind of a freak of nature to be that good and you have to love it so much that you’re willing to sacrifice the rest of your life and totally devote yourself.”

He admits neither he nor Dykstra were that committed.

“But we were good,” he added. “We were talented young players.”


As adolescents, Greenblatt says that he did receive all the positive support he needed from family and teachers.

“And we did play with passion and a sense of musicality.”

The closer he got to the really big time, Greenblatt saw that there was a lot of strict competition out there.

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