Review: Gilmartin gave a thoroughly compelling performance as Salieri, a part that required his
Review: Gilmartin gave a thoroughly compelling performance as Salieri, a part that required his presence onstage for nearly the entire performance. His manner and inflection were superb as he spilled forth the venom of his deep envy of Mozart and ultimate rejection of God.
Kambouris also was perfectly cast as the gifted genius Mozart, excellently portraying his prodigious talents and infuriating childishness.
Of special note were the amusing and wonderfully timed performances of John R. Thompson and Jonathan Emerson as "The Venticelli," informers and gossips to Salieri.
Katie Libecco was captivating as Constanze, Mozart's wife, and Nicole Stuckey was also in fine form as Katherina Cavalieri, a vocal student of Salieri.
Alan McCreary, with a perfectly timed running comment in most of his scenes, turned in a very good performance as Emperor Joseph.
Well-played supporting roles were performed by Judith M. Kellar, Robert D. Shipley Jr., Josh Daffron, Gary Deckant, Henry M. Diamond, Tom Hathhorn, Ed McAtee, Steve Mohr, Samantha Eichenlaub, Barb Malizia and Lynn Marie Mohr.
One point, however: The choice of modern music both before the performance and during the intermission was completely out of touch with the theme of this drama and broke the fluidity of the evening. There is no shortage of Mozart's compositions, and surely they would better serve the prelude and intermission.