SONGS FOR THE HEART

Can Charles Ives 
strengthen family ties?

The modernist master Charles Ives died in 1954, though he had ceased composing almost 30 years before. Now, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater debuts its new Ives-centered work, Charles Ives Take Me Home. It’s not a symphony, but a drama by Jessica Dickey, in which the maestro—“a leader, a genius, one of the great innovators of our time”—appears to referee between a bickering cellist father and his jock daughter. Structured like a sonata, the play concerns Laura, a high school basketball coach, and her dad, John, fourth chair in the Queens Orchestra. Can a long-dead artist (and composer of “Things Our Fathers Loved”) help them to reconcile? Daniella Topol conducts the three-character opus.
Mondays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Starts: May 29. Continues through June 29, 2013

 
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