For Piano and Harpo

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For Piano and Harpo
A Laugh Then Think Production

Written by & Starring Dan Castellaneta
Directed by Stefan Novinski

Feb 1 – Mar 5
Tickets on Sale Jan 4

Oscar Levant, the brilliant, witty, pill-popping concert pianist, wakes up to find himself in the Psych Ward of Mt. Sinai Hospital. His past collides with his present, as he grapples with his demons to save his marriage and his sanity. It's a nightmarish, and sometimes hilarious journey, from addiction to redemption, as he verbally jousts with Jack Paar, is haunted by the genius of George Gershwin, and moves in with his only friend, Harpo Marx. http://falcontheatre.com/forpianoandharpo.html Falcon Theatre 4252 Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505 Box Office 818-955-8101 www.FalconTheatre.com

Reviews

FOR PIANO AND HARPO is moving, touching and thought-provoking, giving us a look into the life of a genius. A MUST SEE, and a wonderful evening of theatre.

sweet - Cathy Wayne - ...read full review


The play is so well formed that the jumps in time seem cohesive.

sweet - Laura Ann Tull - ...read full review


It is a tour de force for Dan Castellaneta who plays Levant, in addition to also being the playwright of the provocative piece for the Laugh Then Think Production. Castellaneta uses slices of Levant's own snappy repartee throughout and delivers it like the true original.

sweet - Margie Barron - ...read full review


Playwright and actor Dan Castellaneta is on stage throughout, with a script and portrayal of Levant that is flawless! The stellar cast is more than up to playing multiple roles! Congratulations to the crew and musicians.  “For Piano and Harpo” successfully portrays a nightmarish, sad, and sometimes hilarious journey from addiction to redemption. Don't miss seeing this five-star production!

sweet - Ester Benjamin Shifren - ...read full review


It's a witty evening, superbly acted, and worthy of our attention. But it would succeed better if they choose to do a re-write after this run.

sweet-sour - Dale Reynolds - ...read full review


Truly, even with some presentationalism, there wasn't a bad actor in the bunch—but all believability went out the window when they weren't grounded. It appears that Novinski had his hands full just staging this play, one which has as much promise as Oscar Levant but in the end also seems like a lost cause.

sweet-sour - Tony Frankel - ...read full review


Considering the challenge inherent in the material, and the clear passion for the subject matter, I would have loved to see this piece achieve more cohesion and take more risk.

sweet-sour - Vanessa Cate - ...read full review


How pleasant can it be for audiences to sit two hours through the heavy-handedness of Oscar Levant's illnesses and rude behavior? The play has its finest comedic moments in the group therapy sessions where everyone goes bananas... and its sweetest moments in the music that Levant and Marx make together. Great cast and a standout performance from J.D. Cullum as Harpo!

sweet-sour - Don Grigware - BroadwayWorld.com - ...read full review


For audience members in their retirement years, For Piano And Harpo is sure to bring back memories of a man whose neuroses were nearly as famous as his film and TV work. As for those for whom the name Oscar Levant rings no bells, For Piano And Harpo does a bang-up job of filling that gap.

sweet - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review


Like Next to Normal and Cuckoo's Nest, as well as the famed 1948 movie The Snake Pit, For Piano and Harpo is a brave production about mental illness that is dramatized and treated in a respectful and frequently funny way, as one man struggles to overcome his overpowering angst...

sweet - Ed Rampell - ...read full review


In the years before Jim Henson introduced his trash-talking muppet, the title of 'Oscar the Grouch' belonged solely to Oscar Levant, a top-tier concert pianist and familiar second-banana in films including An American in Paris, the Oscars' 1951 Best Picture. In the early days of television, he was known for an acerbic wit that cut through the frothy chatter of late night interviews and game show panels.

sweet - Cris Gross - ...read full review


The fragmented construction requires that the actors' execution be impeccable or it ends up a confusing jumble. On opening night, there were times it succeeded but there were others that found the actors out of sync, tripping over their tongues, stumbling over each other's lines, and failing to deliver on important physical gags.

sweet-sour - Ellen Dostal - BroadwayWorld Los Angeles - ...read full review


For Piano and Harpo is a laugh-filled, angst-filled evening highlighting the genius of a nearly forgotten Hollywood legend. Treat yourself to it.

sweet - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


FOR PIANO AND HARPO is moving, touching and thought-provoking, giving us a look into the life of a genius. A MUST SEE, and a wonderful evening of theatre.

sweet - Cathy Wayne - ...read full review


The play is so well formed that the jumps in time seem cohesive.

sweet - Laura Ann Tull - ...read full review


It is a tour de force for Dan Castellaneta who plays Levant, in addition to also being the playwright of the provocative piece for the Laugh Then Think Production. Castellaneta uses slices of Levant's own snappy repartee throughout and delivers it like the true original.

sweet - Margie Barron - ...read full review


Playwright and actor Dan Castellaneta is on stage throughout, with a script and portrayal of Levant that is flawless! The stellar cast is more than up to playing multiple roles! Congratulations to the crew and musicians.  “For Piano and Harpo” successfully portrays a nightmarish, sad, and sometimes hilarious journey from addiction to redemption. Don't miss seeing this five-star production!

sweet - Ester Benjamin Shifren - ...read full review


It's a witty evening, superbly acted, and worthy of our attention. But it would succeed better if they choose to do a re-write after this run.

sweet-sour - Dale Reynolds - ...read full review


Truly, even with some presentationalism, there wasn't a bad actor in the bunch—but all believability went out the window when they weren't grounded. It appears that Novinski had his hands full just staging this play, one which has as much promise as Oscar Levant but in the end also seems like a lost cause.

sweet-sour - Tony Frankel - ...read full review


Considering the challenge inherent in the material, and the clear passion for the subject matter, I would have loved to see this piece achieve more cohesion and take more risk.

sweet-sour - Vanessa Cate - ...read full review


How pleasant can it be for audiences to sit two hours through the heavy-handedness of Oscar Levant's illnesses and rude behavior? The play has its finest comedic moments in the group therapy sessions where everyone goes bananas... and its sweetest moments in the music that Levant and Marx make together. Great cast and a standout performance from J.D. Cullum as Harpo!

sweet-sour - Don Grigware - BroadwayWorld.com - ...read full review


For audience members in their retirement years, For Piano And Harpo is sure to bring back memories of a man whose neuroses were nearly as famous as his film and TV work. As for those for whom the name Oscar Levant rings no bells, For Piano And Harpo does a bang-up job of filling that gap.

sweet - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review


Like Next to Normal and Cuckoo's Nest, as well as the famed 1948 movie The Snake Pit, For Piano and Harpo is a brave production about mental illness that is dramatized and treated in a respectful and frequently funny way, as one man struggles to overcome his overpowering angst...

sweet - Ed Rampell - ...read full review


In the years before Jim Henson introduced his trash-talking muppet, the title of 'Oscar the Grouch' belonged solely to Oscar Levant, a top-tier concert pianist and familiar second-banana in films including An American in Paris, the Oscars' 1951 Best Picture. In the early days of television, he was known for an acerbic wit that cut through the frothy chatter of late night interviews and game show panels.

sweet - Cris Gross - ...read full review


The fragmented construction requires that the actors' execution be impeccable or it ends up a confusing jumble. On opening night, there were times it succeeded but there were others that found the actors out of sync, tripping over their tongues, stumbling over each other's lines, and failing to deliver on important physical gags.

sweet-sour - Ellen Dostal - BroadwayWorld Los Angeles - ...read full review


For Piano and Harpo is a laugh-filled, angst-filled evening highlighting the genius of a nearly forgotten Hollywood legend. Treat yourself to it.

sweet - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review