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What did you think of THE PIANIST OF WILLESDEN LANE?

What was it like experiencing a tale of survival through music? Let us know what you thought about Mona Golabek in The Pianist of Willesden Lane by commenting here.


  1. It was a superb evening of music and pathos.

    • Betty SelskyDecember 10, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      My husband and I took our two grandaughters to this absolutely mindblowing experience. We were all taken with the story; and the music, of course, was so outstanding. Unfortunately we were not able to stay for the booksigning, although my grandaughter did get to ask Mona what her favorite piece was. We just loved the whole program. We are familiar with Hershey Felder and his work since we have seen all his performances. We wish Mona all the best in all her performances. If it comes to Boston again we will be sure to see it.

    • Ava Bry PenmanDecember 13, 2012 at 12:36 am

      Gripping story of survival with and through music, personally and poignantly told, recreating worlds of “living” music, living through music, surviving through music — all during the dangers and horrors of the Hitler era.

      Should return to Boston.

  2. Laurie ScherNovember 27, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Beautifully done! What an exquisite way to tell a story.

  3. Jonathan TetraultNovember 27, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    An absolutely wonderful combination of relational and musical beauty mixed with the pain of real life suffering. Excellently communicated story with lively use of piano repertoire to set the mood and create scenes in the mind of the audience.

  4. Barbara TruscelloNovember 27, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Exquisite storytelling and music.
    I e-mailed friends, the instant I returned home, about this memorable and moving theater experience.

  5. I feel that the musice went very well with the story…it was beautifully explained with excellent piano playing. I was swept up with such vivid pictures of what “Lisa” went through. Thank you Ms. Golabek & Mr. Felder!

  6. What a wonderful way to spend an evening. The music alone was enchanting, but sharing the memoir made it a completely fulfilling performance.

  7. See what audience members are saying on Twitter about The Pianist of Willesden Lane:

    @lizmcguire: @ArtsEmerson The survival story of “The Pianist of Willesden Lane” was very moving and the music was beautiful. What a treat. #PianistBOS

    @twpollack: “The Pianist of Willesden Lane” was stunning and remarkably moving. Thanks for the experience @artsemerson! #PianistBOS

    @danfrmbourque: Saw The Pianist of Willesden Lane @ArtsEmerson today. Full of beautiful melodies, it’s an eloquent story of physical and artistic survival.

    @joelwool: @ArtsEmerson production of Pianist of Willesden Lane was stunning — can’t recommend it highly enough! #PianistBOS

    @EeStew: The Pianist of Willesden Lane at @ArtsEmerson is absolutely not to be missed. Moving, beautiful, and told by a remarkable pianist.

  8. judith chasinDecember 1, 2012 at 11:38 am

    I agree with the others. This was one of the most special evenings that I have spent at the theater in a long time. Mona Golabek is an amazing artist, both as an actor and musician. It was a perfect melding of story and pianistic excellence. We were teary eyed at the end, learning of the determination that Mona’s mother had and the way in which she transmitted this to her daughters. Try not to miss this!!

  9. It was an excellent performance. Very emotional. The music and the talking told a tale that needs to be told – and it told it forcefully and emotionally. People should not miss this (and it should be extended to allow for more people to see it).

  10. We went to the show last night. Our problem came at the end. We were really moved by the story itself, the telling, the music interwoven, the sensitivity of Ms Golabek’s playing. This took us through the whole performance bringing us to tears and then standing applause at the end. But then we were asked to sit down for a discussion that we could not leave without making a spectacle of ourselves. Mona was to answer questions (which she did) but she also brought out a young woman from a group “Stand With Us” who called herself “pro-Israel” and “pro-peace” (but “there is no partner” she said). The whole mood changed for us. She went on about her politics regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the threats she suffered on campus. I am a Jew, not an anti-Zionist, not anti-Israel by any stretch (I visit and love Israel, and want her to survive), but I have very strong feelings in opposition to this woman’s views. Why was the mood hijacked onto this subject? My husband and I left very angry. The mood was ruined, and it seemed not at all what Ms. Golabek would have wanted us to feel about the power of art and survival as we left the theater. A shame.

  11. This was a moving and sobering evening. This was a story of courage, an unbroachable will to survive and the role that simple luck and circumstance plays in the end. There are millions more, so many that we become to numb to them. My father, also a Holocaust survivor of 3 years at Auschwitz, was young strong and resourceful. However, at the end of the day, he made it because he had AB Negative blood, the rarest type. The Nazis bled him regularly for the German soldiers who were wounded in the field. Thank you for a compelling evening.

  12. Marilyn EichnerDecember 16, 2012 at 9:34 am

    It was a gift that I gave myself and my husband…

  13. Susan RakusinDecember 17, 2012 at 11:17 am

    What an incredible story and moving tribute to a mother and the heroes of London. To have the story accompanied by an amazing pianist made this an extraordinary experience for me. I left with a lump in my throat.

  14. We attend many excellent performance throughout the year. This one was outstanding and by far the most moving. Excellent!


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