For a pair of self-taught pianists from Minnesota, David Charles Eichholz and Ted Manderfeld have mastered the sophisticated nuances of burlesque's best ribald and bawdy traditions, which made Las Vegas and Paris famous. Eichholz and Manderfeld are the members of Deuces Wild! Dueling Pianos, a piano duo offering a Las Vegas-style show of comedy and extensive audience participation featuring an unlikely and surprising mix of music and parodies that range from classic rock and country to rap and show tunes. The key to their marathon of musical comedy, however, is the unabashed and completely liberated participation of audience members from 18 to 80.
The show takes on an organic nature, feeding not just on Eichholz's and Manderfeld's kinetic performing energy but on the audience's growing confidence and comfort level about the impromptu acting, dancing, or singing that is heartily welcomed by everyone in the house. Group toasts, good-natured ribbing of individual audience members put briefly under the glare of spotlights, and the firm yet gentle recruitment of reluctant show participants add to the camaraderie that develops during a Deuces Wild performance.
Fee: $30 adults / students $15