When does an inquiry become an obsession?
Ludwig van Beethoven, ailing, impoverished, and nearly deaf, set aside other compositions to create 33 variations on a simple waltz theme.
Katherine Brandt, a musicologist in rapid physical decline due to the progression of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), has traveled across the globe to determine the reason behind Beethoven’s compulsive treatment of this theme.
Moving between the early 19th Century, the present, and a performance of the piano variations themselves, Moisés Kaufman’s 33 Variations examines these parallel stories of preoccupation.
Jacksonville’s The 5&Dime Theatre Company is staging 33 Variations. Director Lee Hamby and pianist Laura Peden joined Melissa Ross with a preview.
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