`Opus' strings together a perfect collaboration

Play about quartet has stirring area premiere

Theater Review

September 13, 2006|By J. Wynn Rousuck | J. Wynn Rousuck,sun theater critic

Near the end of Michael Hollinger's play Opus, a violist imagines the sound a magnificent string quartet can make: "Not a four-way compromise, but something greater than the sum of its parts."

Hollinger's play, receiving a stirring area premiere at Everyman Theatre, is about a string quartet. But in more general terms, it's about artistic collaboration of any type -- the beautiful harmony that can result when the parts coalesce and the dissonance, disillusionment and even despair that can result when they don't.

If you go Opus is being performed through Oct. 15 at Everyman Theatre, 1727 N. Charles St. $22-$30. 410-752-2208 or everymantheatre.org

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