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Monday, April 11, 2016

"The Pianist of Willesden Lane" @ Portland Center Stage

Reviewing "The Pianist of Willesden Lane" will strain my vocabulary, both because it is so deserving of every superlative I can conceive, and because I lack familiarity with the terms used in Classical Music. "The Pianist of Willesden Lane" is a one-woman show by Mona Golabek, based upon the life of her mother, told at a piano. Ms. Golabek's mother was a refugee on the Kinder Transport from Vienna, fleeing the Nazi Occupation. Ms. Golabek tells the story through truly virtuosic piano-playing, accompanied by vivid projections of relevant imagery.

"The Pianist of Willesden Lane" is a completely immersive experience, and one that shines light on current events, insofar as it deals with a refugee crisis, and I was reminded with shame of our national inaction regarding Syrians, it is a show worthy of boundless praise, a show about bravery, a show about desperation met by kindness severely lacking in today's world.

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