Saturday, October 12, 2013


Beck Center for the Arts
October 11-November 17, 2013
216-521-2540 or

Bob Abelman

Like Peter Shaffer’s play “Amadeus,” which dramatizes the lives of Mozart and Salieri, “33 Variations” allows us to live with the legendary Beethoven; to share his thoughts and creative process.  But like Beethoven’s creation of 33 variations of a second-rate waltz when only one was requested, playwright Moises Kaufman could not leave well enough alone. His efforts to provide variations on the themes of obsession and illness turns “33 Variations” into a second-rate drama and public service announcement.  Yet, director Sarah May and her cast and crew have created a first-rate production of it. 

To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's News-Herald article:

Roy Berko

33 VARIATIONS is an intriguing theatrical experience.  The well written script is effectively interpreted by director Sarah May and well performed by an excellent cast.  You don’t have to know anything about music, Beethoven, or the research process to enjoy the multi-messaged work. You should leave with a new appreciation of the musical process, gain an understanding of ALC, and be aware of the fragility of life’s journey.
To see a full review of this show, read Roy Berko's blog here.

Fran Heller

In this contrived and largely schematic work, fictional elements feel shoehorned in to fit historical fact.
The result is an overly long 2 1/2 hour play that held my attention only minimally until the close finally won my heart.
The best part of "Variations" is Beethoven's glorious music, performed with precision and passion by pianist Stuart Raleigh.

To see a full review of this show, read Fran Heller's review at the Cleveland Jewish News

Mark Horning

The Beck Center for the Arts production of “33 Variations” is a splendid mix of classical music, drama and mystery that catches hold of your imagination.  While not designed to solve the mystery, it gives enough clues for you to garner your own opinion on the subject.
To see a full review of this show, read Mark Horning's blog.