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5.0 out of 5 stars a masterpiece of modern theatre
This play is great. Shaffer has created a play in which drama, intrigue, suspense,sexuality, jealousy, revenge, and slight comedy all have an important part in the storyline. I read this play as an assignment for a drama class, but ended up falling in love with it. In my opinion, the second gretest drama of all time (behind "Death Of A Salesman"). I would...
Published on 23 Jan 1999

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3.0 out of 5 stars A great play with masterful performances from the cast
Missed it the first time round and then caught up with it at Chichester.A great play with masterful performances from the cast.I bought the play so I could bring back the memory pictures.It worked!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a masterpiece of modern theatre, 23 Jan 1999
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This play is great. Shaffer has created a play in which drama, intrigue, suspense,sexuality, jealousy, revenge, and slight comedy all have an important part in the storyline. I read this play as an assignment for a drama class, but ended up falling in love with it. In my opinion, the second gretest drama of all time (behind "Death Of A Salesman"). I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a good read or a thrilling tale.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Musical Tale, 29 Aug 2002
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Almost undoubtedly Schaeffer's best play, an engrossing subject richly written with intelligent humour and a wonderful blend of modern and almost stylised language. However the second act feels slightly repetitive in structure and slightly overlong, plus, I feel, the ending of the piece feels a little disappointing and unforgettable - it lacks slightly in finesse given the calibre of the play up to that point. Otherwise a very strong play.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a fabulous book made into a fabulous film!, 17 Nov 2000
i read this once, years ago, and never forgot it. since then i have been looking for it off and on, and now i have it! if you think the film gets personal, wait till you read this play! salieri and mrs. mozart? salieri and catherine? salieri teaching beethoven?
all this and more just waiting to be read by YOU!! pick up a copy today!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Play!, 29 Oct 2012
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M. Hollands "crazy postman" (Sussex, England) - See all my reviews
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Still a marvellous play that stands the test of time. A powerful piece of theatre which conjures up a tremendous atmosphere. Salieri is a titanic but dramatically rewarding gift of a part!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The right note, 6 Oct 2009
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This is a modern classic, and for those who are only familiar with the film, I'd strongly recommend looking at the original stage version.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the movie, 31 Dec 1998
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This play from which the movie was made (with the screenplay by Mr. Shaffer) is "bold and brilliant". Shaffer, though playing on a legend, creates a wonderful chilling modern play with hints of humor (as any good drama has). It is a wonderful read and an experience to see performed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A great play with masterful performances from the cast, 2 Sep 2014
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Missed it the first time round and then caught up with it at Chichester.A great play with masterful performances from the cast.I bought the play so I could bring back the memory pictures.It worked!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Welsh language version of Amadeus, 1 Feb 2005
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In a review of the Welsh adaptation of Amadeus, the weekly newspaper Yr Herald said: "Ken Owen's clever translation is as good as the original play".
The Drama Association of Wales stated: 'This is a playwright's adaptation... Ken Owen has obviously gone under the skin of the characters.'
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1.0 out of 5 stars What, again?, 8 April 1999
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How many times is Peter Shaffer going to write this play? Amadeus, Royal Hunt of the Sun, Equus: the same play, three titles.
Basically, they all boil down to this formula:
Boy Meets God.
Boy Doesn't Understand Why God Likes Some Other Apparently Unworthy Person More Than He Likes Boy.
Boy Kills God By Killing Other Unworthy Person, And Then Wonders Why He Feels So Bad.
Once, it is interesting. Twice, well, maybe. Three times in succession? I think not.
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