Reviewed by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move
Music connoisseurs are getting a special treat at the Hollywood Fringe Festival this year with the surprising gem of a presentation, A Useful Life in C Major.
Now taking your requests is Canadian born, internationally trained and now a ‘Pick of the 2016 Fringe’ classical pianist David Wheatley who will be tickling keys to your favorite melodies and show tunes in every genre from, rock, jazz, R&B, even hillbilly. (Though, you might have heard him play at your local ball game. That is if you lived in Texas).
Delightfully immersive, one hour listening to David might make you forget you’re actually sitting in a bare, black box theater and instead live at the Hollywood Bowl sans orchestra. Close your eyes or wait for the house to go dark during the unrehearsed lighting cues. Either way, it is high-end, lightly sketched out comedic storytelling with a lot of music.
Be sure to bring some requests. He really does take them towards the end of the show!