'Amadeus' review: Acting, costumes, script far better than pacing, sound

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Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2013 12:00 am

Some fine character acting, beautiful period costumes and a historically fascinating script are selling points of the Bellevue Little Theatre's production of “Amadeus,” which opened Friday.

Playwright Peter Shaffer's Tony- and Oscar-winning story of the rivalry between Antonio Salieri, court composer to Austrian Emperor Joseph II, and composing prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is undeniably gripping stuff. Yet the production feels unsteady in its emotional footing and long in the telling (2 hours, 50 minutes including intermission), yielding mixed results.

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