Was that in the script? Unclear. Tantalizingly, the “Twohander” text was on the coffee table the whole time, but it was hidden underneath some bananas. Though an earlier version of the show had played 54 Below in April, Ms. Scott was now revising it. “They say, ‘Keep them wanting more,’ but we really did,” she said of the initial response. So she preferred not to share it, or even much of the song list, “earring on the side of caution,” as she wrote in an email, a nicely feminine typo.
“Twohander” is part autobiography and part autofiction. The songs they have shared, the roles they have played, they’re here. But some offstage events have been elided or invented, exaggerated or condensed.
“Sometimes you subvert the facts to get to the truth, you know?” Ms. Scott said, once Mr. Almond had retreated with sushi and she and Mr. Butz had relocated to the couch, the coffee table between them crowded with various waters, juices and tinctures.
“It’s all true,” Ms. Scott continued. “It’s just not all — ”
Mr. Butz finished the sentence for her: “It didn’t all happen.”
Truth doesn’t always stick to the melody. In 2015, years after what both will insist on calling their “fracture” (more on that in a minute), they saw each other again while singing at a benefit. In 2016, another benefit reunited them.
The next year they did one more, and when they finally met at Ms. Scott’s apartment, they realized how much their perspectives had differed, an experience Mr. Butz (who has enjoyed vivid turns in the television dramas “Bloodline” and “Fosse/Verdon”) likened to Showtime’s “The Affair.”