April 12 — May 8
On the Main Stage
By Michael Hollinger
Directed by Brendon Fox
“So entertaining and insightful that you’ll never quite listen to a chamber music group the same way again.” —New York Post
Ex-violist Michael Hollinger trades in his bow for a pen in this a tart and witty chamber piece about the politics and passions that threaten a classical string quartet. In front of an audience they’re pitch perfect but behind the scenes the Lazara string quartet is coming unstrung- all on the eve of their first televised performance for the President of the United States. There’s sex, there’s drugs, there’s…chamber music, but the real rewards lie in Hollinger’s insights into the balancing act of drudgery, machination and volatile genius that make a seemingly effortless performance possible.
Tuesday - Sunday evenings at 7:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm
Thursday matinees at noon
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Opus runs 90 minutes with no intermission.
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Reviews and Features
Charles Noble | NobleViola [Review 29 Apr 2011]
Last night I had the pleasure of attending OPUS, the current play running at Portland Center Stage. It’s a short play (it runs about 90 minutes) that examines the inner workings of a top-rank string quartet. It was a very enjoyable experience, and a play that can be enjoyed by both insiders and those who don’t know a thing about classical music and the string quartet.read more
Alison Hallett | The Portland Mercury [Review 21 Apr 2011]
Chris Coleman has been the artistic director of Portland Center Stage since 2000, and season subscribers (and local theater critics) are well familiar with his opening night curtain speeches. In those moments and many others in his capacity as a local arts leader, the community has received a distinct impression of Coleman’s personality, and of Coleman as a personality.read more
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02 May 2011 & Posted by Sarah Mitchell
Sounds.Like.Portland. Join us in the lobbies before Opus to hear Trio Intime (piano, clarinet, & cello) share an eclectic mix of classical and crossover music, incorporating jazz, latin, celtic and new age styles – from Beethoven to Bill Douglas. 6:30 to 7:15pm on the Mezzanine.More
26 April 2011 & Posted by Kinsley Suer
We’ve already discussed that quarrelling quartets can be a little more fact than fiction. In contrast to, say, an orchestra, quartets are self-governing entities. While each member theoretically and ideally has an equal voice, we all know that sometimes it’s the loudest voice in a group that ultimately makes the decisions. Read on to learn more about the results of an extensive British study of string quartets. How well does Opus’ Lazara String Quartet fit in to these results?More
19 April 2011 & Posted by Mandy Morgan
Some of you may have caught a lacrosse game when the Portland LumberJax were in Portland (they played at the Rose Garden through May 2009). If so, you probably remember the Morgan brothers. They were the tallest players in the NLL at the time, so it was hard to miss them! The tallest of the three brothers and former professional basketball player, David Morgan, paid a visit to Portland Center Stage on Friday night. I asked him about his thoughts on Opus, and his answers surprised me.More