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Play Piano Play

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Czechoslovakian-born pianist/actor Jan Janovsky of Sherwood Park, Alta., offers up his own brand of musical comedy that pokes fun at everything from his homeland to his own cross-country checkup of Canadian quirks and idiosyncrasies.

A (very loose) cross between Victor Borge and Weird Al Yankovic, Janovsky does best with physical comedy. His mugging and plastic facial expressions add goofy charm and, at times, even insight.

However, his cringe-worthy jokes are not that funny. For example, “a beautiful Russian woman is one who doesn’t shave her legs with a weed eater.” And having to explain your own punchlines is never a good sign.

But still, Janovsky’s got some real piano chops with a mean left hook that drives hard on boogie-woogie. And sparks fly during his Brazilian medley in honour of the recent FIFA World Cup games, performed over a pre-recorded musical track.

Other than those few and fleeting moments, this show falls as flat as the black keys on his electric piano.

— Holly Harris

From the Fringe program:

Director: Jan Janovsky
Cast: Jan Janovsky

Play Piano Play is not a play. It's a blend of comedy and incendiary pianism mixed with funny songs and tales of Janovsky's Czech past, Canadian present and ambiguous future.

Like a modern-day Victor Borge, this odd, hokey guy takes you on a capricious musical escapade from Classical to Popular.

Part concert, part ridiculous, this show suits all ages.

Audience Classification: General
Length: 60 mins.
Tickets: $10
Door Discount: $8 for Kids (12 & under)

 

Warnings: None

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