By Peter Shaffer
Directed by Peter Marston Sullivan
Feb 14 – March 16, 2014
presented at Stage 773
Now in his twilight years, the composer Antonio Salieri makes a bold claim: that he may have killed Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Looking back on his life, Salieri explores his tempestuous rivalry with the boorish but brilliant Mozart, alternating between trusted confidant and devious backstabber. Does Salieri have blood on his hands or is this just a way to escape his own mediocrity and growing obscurity? Interwoven with the music of these two men, Amadeus asks, what are you willing to do to be remembered?
Jospeh Jefferson Awards
- Principle Actor (Play): Chris Ballou (nomination)
- Principle Actor (Play): Steve O'Connell (nomination)
- Costume Design: Theresa Ham (nomination)
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Rave reviews for Amadeus:
"INSPIRED & INSIGHTFUL... a riveting take on a play that possesses its own touch of genius" Highly Recommended
"may not be historically accurate, but it makes for GREAT THEATER ...a gorgeous production"
"witty, intelligent, FIRST-RATE PRODUCTION filled with tension, bawdy humor and minute details"
–Chicago Theatre Review
"a decidedly consistent production... O'Connell's unhinged Salieri [is] bursting with self-conceit... Ballou's Mozart is a stand-out, a typhoon-like force"
–Time Out Chicago
"Great music, great words, and an ensemble of artists giving it their all"
–Chicago Stage Standard
"an engrossing exploration of the creative process, devotion, and the true cost of fame... Shaffer’s message of the perils of envy is needed now more than ever, and BoHo has crafted a beautiful, haunting vehicle in which to deliver it."
–Chicago Theater Beat