One is a one-woman show about a real-life story involving someone who fled the Nazis and then had a daughter or two daughters in the arts and probably cost 50 bucks for 90 minutes*. The other is a piano – saxophone duo with a slightly younger and “ho”t in the sense of getting good reviews this year including top 10 in the New York Times pianist from Spain now living in New York City Marta Sanchez and there’s an opening act featuring another piano duo and it’s only 20 bucks and it’s probably two hours or more of music.
The Pianist of Willesden Lane (based on a book by the performer) at TheatreWorks MVPAC
note: you probably cannot see both shows in one day but the theater work show which is recommendable is playing I think a total of 10 performances whereas Marta as a quintet has a couple other Bay Area plays plus Earthwise has Patricia Barbar trio another pretty competitive coup, February 13 Thursday at The Mitch and, in a new wrinkle, at Occidental Center for The Arts in Sonoma County on Valentine’s Day Friday, February 14. We then have Myra Melford group April 17, Friday, tickets on sale January 28.
*Actually $35-$100, but a quality production — really apple and oranges comparisons but I recommend all three events.