Everything about Marin Shakespeare’s Amadeus is on a grand scale… William Elsman is a superb Salieri…. The drama is all there, and director James Dunn keeps the conflict at a boil….Most of the company will morph smoothly into different roles over the summer, part of the pleasure of seeing all three offerings. Celia Madeoy, vocal and fiery as Paulina in Tale, has nothing to say as Salieri’s good wife, but her resentment is clear to the back row. Alexandra Matthew, whose Hermione in Winter’s Tale was pure and white as marble, is sexy and glowing as Salieri’s young and ambitious pupil….Elsman is charismatic….he is always vividly human….Hirshfield captures both the charm of the child and the pathos of the starving artist who looks for rescue from a man who wishes him dead.
Lee Brady – Pacific Sun
Marin Shakespeare Company has outdone itself with ‘Amadeus,’ the witty, captivating play by Peter Shaffer….the production is sumptuous and engaging from start to finish….Elsman…portrays Salieri with tremendous range, from pious composer of middling talent to conniving, reptilian codger desperate to have his name resound through the ages….Although entertaining and often funny, ‘Amadeus’ raises profound questions beneath the shine of gossip and scandal….Sound design by Billie Cox is both whimsical and powerful. Patricia Polen’s costume design is masterly, with lovely, intricate clothes that add their own drama to the show….Elsman’s performance is spellbinding….always in the right key, spanning the various stages of life with delightful, malicious glee.
Drew Hirshfield as his nemesis is just as good….Hirshfield gives his character a forceful blend of impishness and vulnerability, a profane Peter Pan with a talent he scarcely seems to understand. Actors playing smaller roles are equally compelling. With crisp comedic flair, Mark Robinson and Rafael Untalan play the Venticellos….This memorable show, among MSC’s best in recent years, accomplishes the tricky task of amusing, bemusing and provoking.”
Olga Azar – Marinscope