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Spine: ’33 Variations’ at Silver Spring Stage

The Creation of Art. The Wrestle with Death. 33 Variations, Moisés Kauffman’s Tony nominated play, juxtaposes those two turbulences. In one — circa 1820 in Vienna, Austria — Ludwig van Beethoven wrestles with an inspiration, his composition of the Diabelli Variations (33 variations on a waltz composed by Anton Diabelli). His biggest obstacle during the process — […]

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’33 Variations’ at Silver Spring Stage

33 Variations is a drama by Moisés Kaufman that deals with the nearly always fatal disease of ALS and the study, not just of music, but also the variations of life. The main character is Dr. Katherine Brandt who is a musicologist studying Beethoven. She has recently been told she has ALS and a limited […]

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Obsession and Transcendence: ’33 Variations’ Opens on Friday Night at Silver Spring Stage by Lennie Magida

It started with a waltz, a seemingly insignificant waltz written by someone who was hardly a musical giant: Anton Diabelli, a music publisher and minor composer in early 19th century Vienna. And it no doubt would have ended there had Diabelli not invited Vienna’s leading composers to compose variations on his little waltz. But he did. […]

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‘Hexagon 2013: A Raucous Caucus’ at Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center’ by Kim Moeller

What do politics, Spandex body shapers, Washington area traffic, and colonoscopies have in common? They are all satirical targets in Hexagon 2013: A Raucous Caucus. If you’re not familiar with Hexagon, you should be. Every year the group offers what they describe as Washington’s ‘only original political, satirical musical comedy revue.’ There is high energy […]

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