Amadeus offers a unique look at the historic rivalry surrounding some of the greatest pieces of classical music

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Amadeus - Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., and Sundays, 4 p.m., through May 13, Ent Center for the Arts, 5225 N. Nevada Ave., $38.50-plus, theatreworkscs.org. - COURTESY THEATREWORKS
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  • AmadeusThursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., and Sundays, 4 p.m., through May 13, Ent Center for the Arts, 5225 N. Nevada Ave., $38.50-plus, theatreworkscs.org.
Amadeus may be more fiction than it is history, but there’s a reason it won the 1981 Tony Award for Best Play, and a reason its film adaptation won Best Picture at the Oscars in 1984. Told from the perspective of composer Antonio Salieri, Amadeus follows Salieri’s tumultuous relationship with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, arguably one of the world’s greatest composers. A story of a success and downfall that could be dry from the perspective of Mozart alone becomes enriched by Salieri’s mixed jealousy and admiration, his two-faced treatment of his colleague, and his attempts to destroy Mozart’s career. At times sympathizing with capricious Mozart, and at times sympathizing with bitter Salieri, the audience can enjoy a unique look at the historic rivalry surrounding some of the greatest pieces of classical music ever composed. Plus, this will be the final play of TheatreWorks’ 2017-2018 season, a grand finale to be sure. Interested in more background? Check out the prologue on April 29, a panel discussion with composers, radio hosts, scholars and Mozart experts.

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