Opus

Pasatiempo - - RANDOM ACTS - Opus,

Michael Hollinger was trained as a clas­si­cal vi­o­list be­fore he made his mark as a play­wright. He drew on his mu­si­cal back­ground in the most of­ten produced of his plays, a drama pri­mar­ily set in an un­usual work­place: the roundrobin of apart­ments that dou­ble as prac­tice rooms for the mem­bers of a string quar­tet. The four­some has cut loose its vi­o­list, and his re­place­ment needs to get up to speed with her new col­leagues — and they with her — for a high-pro­file en­gage­ment that looms im­mi­nently. The play is part soap opera and part aes­thetic bat­tle­ground, but it pro­vides cred­i­ble in­sight into the nuts-and-bolts of a string quar­tet. It in­cludes a good deal of ro­bust ban­ter about fine points of in­ter­pre­ta­tion, par­tic­u­larly re­lat­ing to Beethoven’s Op. 131, which au­di­ence mem­bers might want to re­visit by way of prepa­ra­tion. Adobe Rose Theatre (1213-B Park­way Drive, off Ru­fina St., 505-629-8688) of­fers the work in a pro­duc­tion di­rected by Staci Rob­bins, the com­pany’s new artis­tic direc­tor. The run opens Thurs­day, July 14, at 7:30 p.m. and con­tin­ues Thurs­days, Fri­days, and Satur­days at 7:30 p.m. and Sun­days at 3 p.m. through July. For tick­ets ($20, or $15 for stu­dents), visit www.brown­pa­pertick­ets.com. — James M. Keller

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