It's 15th anniversary time at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, and they're launching the celebration with a classic more recent than Will's best stuff -- that being Peter Shaffer's Tony-winning 1980 comedy-drama "Amadeus." They've made quite a stylish affair of it with dozens of sumptuous costumes glittering on a grand set with multiple white and gilt arches that imply Imperial Vienna.
What makes a play a classic? Cincinnati Shakespeare Company specializes in such works: The downtown company just presented a revival of Peter Shaffer's Amadeus and found itself with a string of sold-out performances. Their approach was to re-create a great script, very faithful to the original with solid acting in every role.