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2nd Story’s masterful Amadeus

Poor Antonio Salieri. Try as he might to make his compositions sound more Germanic, the Lombardy-born court composer was forever grouped with other Italians in their suspected nefarious cabals.
Music and madness
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 01, 2013

Review: A composer’s jealousy drives Amadeus at NHTP

Early in his youth, an Italian named Antonio Salieri (the outstanding Blair Hundertmark) knelt in church, looked up, and saw a certain God: "An old, candle-smoked God with a mulberry robe, staring out at the world with a dealer's eyes."
Sacred bargain
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 21, 2011

Hearts and souls (and laughs too)

It's been a good year for theater around here — an ingeniously roasted dramatic chestnut here, a new and safely landed flight of fancy there. Below are 10 productions that particularly stood out.
The 10 best theater productions of 2009
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 25, 2009

Music and revenge

As a play, Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus has more than its share of theatrical muscle.
 Elemental Theatre’s masterful Amadeus
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 13, 2009

Requiem detexted

Mozart's Requiem is one of the most controversial works in the classical repertory. Mozart had completed only parts of it and sketched other parts when he died, unexpectedly at age 35, in 1791. His death ignited immediate speculation and myth.
Nicole Pierce at the Armory
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  October 02, 2009

Both new and old classics

The Gamm certainly has come a long way in the quarter-century leading up to this its 25th anniversary season. The evolution of its name alone is quite a trip.
Life on the boards
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 18, 2009

The music men

Like the playwright’s Equus, the spotlight focuses like a laser beam on an obsession.
URI Theatre rocks Amadeus
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 05, 2008

Tortured artist

It is notoriously difficult to portray genius, especially when not doing so at descriptive length upon the page.
Blackfriars’ evocative Amadeus
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 31, 2006