A convoluted tangle of jealousy, rage and fear, Amadeus is the fictionalized story of mediocre musician Antonio Salieri and his hatred for the incredibly gifted Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Both men are Viennese court composers at the same time during the 18th century, and Salieri greatly admires Mozarts heavenly music until he meets him. Repulsed by the profane and boorish Mozart, Salieri is unable to reconcile the idea that God would bestow such immense talent on so unworthy a man, while Salieri, who is faithful and a gentleman, has almost none. Intent on destroying Mozart, Salieri plays a manipulative and dangerous game, which ends in Mozarts death. Salieri victoriously claims to have killed the great composer, but the court and public are again unimpressed with what they consider his unfounded claims of accomplishment.
Told from the point of view of Salieri, Amadeus includes a wild and manic Mozart. Alley Theatre Company Artist Jeffrey Bean plays Antonio Salieri, while guest artist Stanley Bahorek appears as Mozart. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays. Through May 1. 615 Texas. For information, call 713-220-5700 or visit www.alleytheatre.org. $21 to $70.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: April 1. Continues through May 1, 2011