Amadeus | Village Players Performing Arts Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
This is a past event.
When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through March 15 2009
Price: $15-$25
It's possible to pull off Amadeus on a shoestring budget--strip away the Hapsburgian frippery and there's a seething, human core to Peter Shaffer's 1979 historical drama in which court composer Antonio Salieri finds himself on the wrong end of a rivalry with Mozart. But Doug Long's production fails to tap into the play's raw fury. And despite the shoddiest set and worst wig jobs this side of RuPaul's Drag Race, it doesn't rise to the level of camp, either. That's a shame, because Long has a fine Salieri in Larry Garner, who's found the right mix of pathos and drollery. The other members of the cast almost manage to be charming. Almost. Oak Park's Village Players really needs to up its game. --Leon Hilton



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