Syracuse Stage’s revival of Peter Shaffer’s “Amadeus,” directed by Robert Hupp, is a thrilling staging of one of the best English-language plays of the 20th century, and it comes across online with exhilarating clarity. You’ll have to move fast to see it: Online “tickets” are only available at syracusestage.org through this coming Sunday [today]. Once you purchase a ticket, though, you can view “Amadeus” at any time during the next two weeks, so I suggest you buy your ticket now, then come back and finish reading this review.
I know this is last minute since the deadline for ordering is today, but I just saw this and wanted to pass it on to any readers and hope you'll pass on the information as well. From the Syracuse Stage site:
The production was recorded by our good friends at WCNY on our opening (and also our closing) night. Capturing the magic of live performance on tape is a tall order, but WCNY has done an excellent job. You’ll be drawn into the story just like we all were in the Archbold Theatre, and, as an added bonus, you’ll see the emotion of the actors up close and personal in ways we can’t always see in the theatre. ... Access to the recording is $35 and only on sale through Sunday, March 29. Once purchased, you will receive an email with instructions to access the video for any 48 hour period through April 12.
I've only seen the movie adaptation, so I'm looking forward to seeing the original play. For what it's worth, here are my ramblings on Pushkin's "play" Mozart and Salieri, the basis for Shaffer's work.