Old Wicked Songs begins with aged music teacher Mashkan (Raye Birk) seated at the piano in his Vienna atelier, breaking into song when a knock at the door interrupts his Schumann. In walks the cosmically uptight young Stephen (Jonas Goslow), and we have thus been introduced to the entire cast for the evening. But rather than ending up a show limited in scope, Jon Marans's tidy little scenario (directed by Peter Rothstein) gently expands into both the ethereal and the horrific. It turns out that Stephen is a burned-out former piano prodigy who has come to Austria in search of the flame that once glowed inside. As a condition of this new phase, he's required to take vocal lessons with Mashkan for a few months. Stephen, more used to the red carpet than the ground floor, is appropriately defiant (Goslow paints a complicated picture, with Stephen's pissy eccentricity never entirely vanishing, even as he grows more and more sympathetic). Stephen's course of study is... More >>>