Presented by New Repertory Theatre
A play with music by Peter Shaffer
Directed by Jim Petosa
Review by Craig Idlebrook
(Watertown) The story goes that an earnest young monk once asked a Zen master to describe the immaculate nature of the Buddha. The Zen Master, most likely with an insufferable grin on his face, pointed to a pile of dung.
This sums up the life of Antonio Salieri (Benjamin Evett) in the spirited production of Amadeus being staged at the Arsenal Center for the Arts. Salieri, an accomplished composer who writes operas for Hapsburg monarchs, dedicates his life to capture the music of God. Instead, he discovers his own private dung heap in the form of a foul-mouthed former child prodigy named Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tim Spears). Salieri is crushed to learn that Mozart, a drunk, womanizing jerk, has a much clearer channel to God’s radio station and can compose the most beautiful music the world has ever known, even while playing billiards. It drives the devout Italian composer to lose both his faith and his scruples. Continue reading