Opening night for the play was Thursday, Nov. 14, and it looked as if it was almost a full house.
Costumes were on point, the set was beautiful, the live piano on the stage was a great touch to the play, and, as always, the actors performed well. The play was insightful, the characters were beautifully written, the comic relief was well timed, and the drama brought out feelings of empathy from the audience.
The play is a about a musicologist, played by senior theatre major Jessica LaVilla, who slowly is dying from a terminal disease. She is on a mission to figure out why the great composer Beethoven, played by freshman theatre major Timothy Crabb , chose to write 33 variations on what appears to be a mediocre waltz.
The musicologist has a daughter, played by sophomore theatre major Laura Hemingway, who is concerned about her mother’s health but cannot stop her from visiting Germany to complete her research.
Although most of the seats were filled with what must have been parents and family of the Theatre Wesleyan people, there were a handful of students there to support their fellow Rams.
There were a few hiccups with the lines but nothing that ruined the show. Actually the hiccups were barely even noticeable; just a few lines, but the actors saved it well by moving on seamlessly.
The stage looked amazing. It looked like a multilevel library of sorts with the piano at the top played by Dr. Bruce McDonald. The way the set was designed was brilliant; it worked very well with the way the play jumped back and forth between time periods.
Overall, the play was great, and was a big hit with the audience; even in between scenes the audience members had a hard time holding back their applause. Nov. 22-24 are the last days to catch a great show, so support your fellow Rams at Law Sone Theatre.