(now playing at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater)
, he takes the lead alongside a cast of six guitars, some of which literally play the roles of the guitars of his past. He earnestly, playfully, and sometimes painfully plays each instrument, tying roughly a dozen songs together with strings of prose and personal narration that tell the story of the artist’s life and relationship with music, starting at age 10.
Scheuer plays something else as well — the audience. In one off-script moment during Tuesday night’s performance, he noted a commotion in the front row and added a candid aside: “Come on, I know you’re there. It’s not like I don’t know you’re there.”
Forgive the tired metaphor of comparing heartstrings and catgut, but Scheuer seems to know what he’s doing when he caters his life’s story for the audience's consumption. We become the final piece of the playbill, offering the gasps of surprise, spontaneous applause, and a perfectly timed laugh track that is anything but forced.