Victor Janusz tickles ivories and charms audience at ACT
Victor Janusz recalls a career playing piano and crooning in “Hands Solo: Pianoman,” his solo ACT Theatre revue.
Seattle Times theater critic
“Hands Solo: Pianoman”
Through July 20 at ACT, 700 Union St., Seattle; $15-25 (206-292-7676 or acttheatre.org).
As a young child, Victor Janusz sat down at the piano, began playing songs by ear, and the rest is history — a history he recounts in his charming, 80-minute musical memoir “Hands Solo: Pianoman,” running at ACT Theatre through the weekend.
Breezy and episodic, the one-man show (directed by Lori Larsen) has no driving narrative — just engaging anecdotes about Janusz’s career (method acting, many cabaret stints, too long playing for shoppers at Nordstrom), his family (a lively Mexican-Polish clan) and his coming out as a gay man and activism for marriage equality.
Janusz is agreeable company. He’s also a whiz on the keyboards with a pleasingly Sinatra-esque voice, both displayed in the standards and originals he sprinkles throughout his revue.
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