Albert Finney starred in London and Chicago in this play by the author of The Dresser and Interpreters. He played two roles: the adult Leonard Lands, a South African pianist, and Ike, Leonard's father. In Act I, Leonard's mother is finally able to send him overseas for a proper musical education after Ike dies. Act II takes place thirty five years later. Leonard is in a London recording studio with hisalienated teenaged son (played by the actor who was Leonard in Act I). The son wants to return to South Africa, a place Leonard will not go because of the political situation. For Leonard there is no meaning outside of his music; for his son there is no life in England and he, like his father, must follow his own destiny.
"Solid, intelligent, ingeniously constructed...Has a sure sense of both the comedy and the pathos." - Sunday Telegraph
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"Marvelous." - Chicago Sun Times