Amadeus Critique

Amadeus Critique - Michael Curran March 11th 2008...

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Michael Curran March 11 th 2008 “Amadeus” Michael Pignatelli Section 02
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“I don’t believe it” was the resounding thought in my head as I stepped out of Will Theater on Saturday March 8th. The University of Rhode Island had managed to produce a masterful rendition of Peter Shaffer’s “Amadeus” which far surpassed my expectations of what I deemed to be a long and a grueling three hour stretch with the pace of a funeral march to an intermission when a distinct number of the audience may choose to make a discrete exit; such was the theater I had been exposed to. This effort however, directed by Alan F. Hawkridge blew me away in all aspects; from Carl Gudienus’ scene designs, Sally Tschantz-Dwyer’s magnificent costumes, Christian Wittwer’s lightning, right through to Michael Martineau’s sound designs. “Amadeus” follows the lives of two great composers during the 18 th century; namely Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri. Salieri is the highly revered court composer, renowned across Vienna, whilst Mozart is the crude yet incredible prodigy who refuses to compromise the sanctity of his work to match the social norm. Upon Mozart’s arrival to Vienna, Salieri greets him and is instantly mesmerized by
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