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Emotions crackle onstage as cast undertakes drama

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Beethoven’s String Quartet in C-sharp Minor, op. 131, contains seven movements, played without interruption. Wagner later described the mood of each section, using phrases like “the disconsolate morning prayer of a soul in distress,” “new yearning for life,” “whims, humor, hilarity,” “transition to resignation,” and “painful renunciation.” In “Opus,” violist-turned-playwright Michael Hollinger has fashioned an absorbing study of the members of the Lazara String Quartet, who are going through these very emotions as they struggle ...

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