For the first time in #LAThtrCouple’s (short) history, I forgot to take a photo! So here’s one I found online (sad!!!!).
On Wednesday night, T and I took a mini mid-week roadtrip down to South Coast Rep, for one of Amadeus‘s last previews. Faint from hunger (no time to stop for food!), and daunted by the 3-hour run-time, I was almost certain I would want to leave at intermission. I’m happy to report that not only did we not leave, but I was sad when the 3 hours were over – they flew by!
Amadeus is a fictionalized account of the lives of the composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri. With Salieri as our narrator, we move through their lives from his point of view. The most surprising thing is just how funny the play is! I’m unfamiliar with the piece, so I don’t know if this is specific to the SCR production or not, but there were quite a few contemporary twists that made the evening really unique. Mozart and his wife use more contemporary language and portray their characters as quite modern, compared to the rest of the ensemble. Notably, Emperor Joseph II seemed to model his character on Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton’s King George (although Trevor tells me it’s actually the other way around – Jonathan Groff mimicking Amadeus’s Emperor). These twists made the play even more enjoyable – especially the rousing rock number to which they come out and take their bows.
My only gripe would be that Salieri’s monologuing got a little bit boring for me. Not his fault of course – Marco Barricelli’s Salieri was perfection, as were Peter Frechette’s Emperor, Asher Grodman’s Mozart, and Liesel Allen Yeager’s Constanze Weber. The costumes and set were fantastic (typical SCR), and it was nice to see that the cast featured a good number of local LA talent.
It’s no secret that I’m a big SCR fan (I think I’ve previously mentioned that if we were to get a subscription to one theatre in “town”, I would choose SCR), so I’m sure it will come as no surprise that when we were leaving the theatre and Trevor asked me what I thought of the show, I responded, “South Coast nails it again!”