Amadeus | Stage 773 | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 16 2014
Price: $25
Peter Shaffer's fictionalized account of the (perhaps) murderous rivalry between Antonio Salieri and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart—Salieri is rumored to have poisoned Mozart—may not be historically accurate, but it makes for great theater. Especially when staged with as much attention to the subtleties of its script as it is in this gorgeous production by director Peter Marston Sullivan. Led by Chris Ballou's brilliant but immature Mozart and Steve O'Connell's hilariously villainous Salieri, Sullivan's cast are equally at home in scenes of high drama and emotional excess and in the myriad cooler meditations on pride, ambition, creativity, and facing up—or not facing up—to the limitations of our petty, mortal lives. Theresa Ham's eye-pleasing costumes and Patrick Ham's smart set serve the production perfectly. —Jack Helbig



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