Thankfully, the Curtain Call production under the direction of Barbara Richards does not milk the melodrama. Indeed, her work might be criticized for permitting scenes to be too deliberate and played entirely without drama. To Richards' credit, when the individuals finally implode and the work explodes, the tension is real and palpable.
LATHAM Creating beauty is not a pretty process. At least that's the premise of Michael Hollinger's play "Opus," playing at Curtain Call Theatre in Latham through Nov. Nike Soccer Cleats Black And Gold
Carl, the stoic cellist, is the voice of reason within the group. He is a cancer victim who treats the disease the Nike Football Boots Yellow same way he approaches music with realistic determination.
Friday night at the Schacht Fine Arts Center of Russell Sage College in Troy, Class Act Productions will present one of Sondheim's most unusual musicals. "Assassins" is a musical about the people who killed or attempted to murder presidents of the United Nike Soccer Cleats Black And Green
The topic might seem exploitive and even ghoulish, but it is actually a thoughtful look at the mindset of people who would commit such a heinous act. The music is surprisingly pleasant, even fun. The lyrics probe the mental state of those individuals who have little in common but are linked in infamy.
"Opus" is at Curtain Call Theatre, 210 Old Loudon Road, Latham, through Nov 17. Tickets are $23; call 877 7529.
"Opus" is a good, if not brilliant, play that offers insight into the problems of creativity and the difficulties of collaboration.
"Assassins" is a bold, thoughtful musical that will make you think. It should not be dismissed because of its subject matter.
Complicating the situation is the fact that the quartet is working with a new violist, as the group has just fired one of its Nike Football Boots Magista
'Opus' and 'Assassins'
Alan, the second violinist, seems younger and less serious than the others. Though married, he is romantically attracted to the quartet's new member, Grace.
founding members because of his erratic and disruptive behavior. Further complicating things is the fired member, Dorian, was the not so secret lover of Elliot, the first violinist.
Individually, the cast is wonderful. Chris Foster gives an impressive performance as the strong, mature Carl. Kris Anderson is equally as good in the tough role of the snarky Elliot, who thinks of himself as the leader of a leaderless group. Isaac Newberry is a confident Alan, who is almost smug about his charm and talent, while Beth Pietrangelo is winning as the prodigy Grace.
TROY Stephen Sondheim is known for writing musicals about unusual topics. "Sweeney Todd" is about a mass murderer, and "Into the Woods" uses fairy tale characters to present a dark story about human frailty.
"Opus" is about a world famous string quartet preparing for an important performance at the White House. For the appearance, they choose to perform Beethoven's enormously challenging masterpiece "Opus 131."
Throughout the play, Dorian is described as a mentally disturbed genius, and Paul Dederick does a very good job of showing that side of the man. More importantly, he shows him to be a complex individual and makes us think about the special needs of people with special talent.
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