Wednesday, March 23, 2016

"Second Time Around: A Duet for Cello and Storyteller"


Second Time Around: A Duet for Cello and Storyteller
Charlie Varon (monologue) and Joan Jeanrenaud (score)

Charlie Varon & Joan Jeanrenaud
Plaintive, lower chords merge into slowly picked notes that then give way to faster rhythms and phrases higher on the scale of the cello’s strings.  All the while, a bearded man watches the cellist with a look of reverent amazement.  That same man and prime creator of the story to be relayed over next seventy-five minutes, Charlie Varon, then turns to the compact Marsh audience and begins telling another chapter in his nascent cycle about residents in a fictitious San Francisco, Jewish, retirement community (the Marsh’s Feisty Old Jew being the first installment of what his fans hope eventually will be many). 

My full review of  Second Time Around: A Duet for Cello and Storyteller can be found on Talkin' Broadway: http://www.talkinbroadway.com/page/regional/sanfran/s1563.html

Rating: 3 E

Second Time Around: A Duet for Cello and Storyteller continues through April 17, 2016, Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the San Francisco Marsh, main stage, 1062 Valencia Street.  Tickets are available at http://themarsh.org or by calling 415-282-3055 Monday – Friday, 1 – 4 p.m.

Photo Credit: David Allen

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