” Most people have seen the Oscar winning movie based on this play written by Peter Shaffer. But as great as the film version is, “the play’s the thing,” providing an immediacy to audiences that a movie never can. Live performers on a stage really draw us in and when the star is as good as Elsman, the audience is totally intrigued by Salieri’s struggles with mediocrity verses genius.”
“Superb….Marin Shakespeare Company performs every summer in the very beautiful Dominican University of California outdoor Amphitheatre, set in a quasi forest setting in San Rafael. It seems as though it is a long way away from Walnut Creek, but in reality, it is only about a 45- minute to one-hour drive, depending on the route you take. I have not gone there for some time because we can see such excellent Shakespeare theater right in our own backyard, with the California Shakespeare Theatre located in the Orinda foothills.
But when I received notice that it was producing “Amadeus” in repertory with “The Winters Tale” at this time, I decided it was time to revisit this superb theatrical company again….Peter Shaffer's “Amadeus” is directed by James Dunn, who delivers a superb professional level cast and production in this current offering….The play is an exciting dramatization of what appears to be a largely fictitious re-writing of history, however, perfectly executed by a stellar cast….this is a terrific production and I strongly recommend that this is a dramatization that you should enjoy….Elsman…is phenomenal as the young Salieri….Drew Hirshfield, who plays Mozart, and Elise Youssef, who plays Mozart's wife, are truly outstanding. The entire cast does a highly commendable job, delivering an enjoyable evening of entertainment. The sets (by Bruce Lackovic) and costumes (by Patricia Polen) contributed immensely to the entire experience.”
Charles Jarrett – Rossmoor News
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