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Sunday, 15 March 2009 15:47

Review: 33 Variations

Susan Kellerman (L) and Jane Fonda in 33 Variations
Susan Kellerman (L) and Jane Fonda in 33 Variations
Photo: Joan Marcus

Frequently theatre critics get it wrong. That appears to be the case for 33 Variations the new play written and directed by Moisés Kaufman and now running at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre. The play stars Jane Fonda as obsessed musicologist Dr. Katherine Brandt. She and the rest of this talented cast turn what might otherwise be an evening analyzing a mundane subject into an emotionally engaging night of drama. Just why Beethoven would have spent three years agonizing over the creation of a waltz he initially considered trite is Dr. Brandt’s primary objective. All the while we watch as her physical condition deteriorates due to Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Published in 2008-2009 Season