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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: TheatreWorks' "Hershey Felder - Beethoven" Is a Superlative Solo Performance

Jun 16, 2017
by Evan Almdale
There are not enough superlatives in the English language to give Hershey Felder as Ludwig van Beethoven the credit he’s due. Solo performances usually do not rate high with me largely because the solo performer doesn’t have the range or depth to hold an audience’s attention for a full 90 minutes. In this case, I will make a huge exception. Felder was flawless, engaging, and completely held the audience under his spell for the run of the play.

Directed by the legendary theater, film, and television director, Joel Zwick (My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Elvis Has Left the Building), Hershey Felder, Beethoven vividly and compassionately tells Beethoven’s turbulent life story through the eyes of a Viennese doctor who met the Maestro as a small child.

This work features some of Beethoven’s finest works including ‘Moonlight Sonata’, ‘Eroica’, ‘Ninth Symphony’, and ‘Fur Elise’ among others. As if it is not enough for Felder to deliver a bravura performance, he also is an accomplished concert pianist. Felder’s talent is boundless.

Now extended through July 9, this is an amazing end to TheatreWork’s 47th season. I can hardly wait for season 48.

Currently playing at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts (500 Castro), Mountain View, CA., run time is approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.

For tickets or more information please phone (650) 463-1960 or visit www.theatreworks.org.

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Photo caption: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley concludes

its 2016/2017 season with the regional premiere

of Hershey Felder, Beethoven, a newly revised

work by acclaimed playwright and performer

Hershey Felder. (Photo credit: Christopher Ash)


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