Amadeus | Chicago Shakespeare Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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The almost certainly false conceit of Peter Shaffer's 1979 play--that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's life was destroyed by an envious fellow composer, Antonio Salieri--toys cruelly with the posthumous reputations of both men. But then Shaffer's out to prove that art is cruel--or more accurately, that it's a cruel god's weapon. The recognition that Mozart possesses the divine gift he himself lacks throws Shaffer's Salieri into a satanic rage. As the antihero of this marvelous production directed by Gary Griffin, Robert Sella is engaging, just fey enough to make you wonder whether Salieri's real problem isn't repressed homosexuality, and better at considering the cosmic joke that is his life than at emoting over it. He's supported by an accomplished cast and jawdroppingly splendid designers. --Tony Adler

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