MICHAEL HOLLINGER
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"O P U S"

BY MICHAEL HOLLLINGER

DIRECTED BY TERRENCE J. NOLEN

Violist-turned-playwright Michael Hollinger took the long way home. His latest, Opus, is the result of caving in to the inevitable and writing about a world he knows well - an insider's look at a high-strung string quartet going through changes in program and personnel. It launches Primary Stages' 23rd season of new American works.

PLAYBILL: Mr. Hollinger's Opus

Reviews

The New York Times

Before the Big Night: Beethoven, Sweat, Tears
By Charles Isherwood

Sex, drugs and chamber music!

Slapped on a bumper or emblazoned across a T-shirt, that phrase wouldn't have the incendiary ring of the celebrated original, would it? Nevertheless, those are three key elements in "Opus," an absorbing new play by Michael Hollinger.   ...

Newsday

'Opus' plays a game of musical chairs
By Linda Winer

The theater has endured countless evenings that mistook the art of making art for melodrama in front of aesthetic wallpaper. Forget those misadventures and welcome "Opus," a taut, smart, thoroughly entertaining drama about that most rarified of heady glories, the string quartet. ...

The New York Post

ALL IS IN TUNE IN 'OPUS'
By Frank Scheck

Much like the fictional string quartet that is its subject, Michael Hollinger's drama "Opus" plays all of its notes with an utmost precision and delicacy. This portrait of the personal and professional interactions among a group of musicians is so entertaining and insightful that you'll never quite listen to a chamber music group the same way again.   ...

The Philadelphia Inquirer

A virtuoso take on disharmony
By Howard Shapiro
Opus, about the dynamics at work within a string quartet - both musical and human - was an Arden hit. It is clearly poised for the same reception Off-Broadway, where it opened last night in a Primary Stages production. ...

TheaterMania.com

Opus
Reviewed By: Barbara & Scott Siegel
Michael Hollinger's play Opus, which has arrived at Primary Stages after having made its world premiere last year at Philadelphia's Arden Theatre, is not only the classiest and most sophisticated new production of the summer; it's unarguably theater at its finest. ...

BroadwayWorld.com

Opus: Sweet Music
By Michael Dale
Though it's certainly too early to predict such things in the sticky days of New York August, I wouldn't be surprised if, come the lusty month of May, Michael Hollinger's smart, funny and ultimately shocking and downright breathtaking comedy/drama Opus, now getting a sparkling production under director Terrence J. Nolen at Primary Stages, is remembered as one of the top plays of this fledgling theatre season. ...

CurtainUp.com

Opus
By Simon Saltzman
Michael Hollinger's entertaining play considers the tug of war between those with visionary brilliance and those with practical oversight. At its most enjoyable, Opus reflects the unique and eccentric individualism as well as the complimentary integrity of its musically-gifted characters. ...

Reviews in PDF format

NY1 - On Stage

Opus
Hollinger has put his years practicing viola to excellent use in Opus, a clever, bittersweet new comedy-drama ... (PDF)

WVOX-AM

Opus
At Primary Stages there's a string quartet. Let's start again. It's a story about a fictional string quartet ... (PDF)

Time Out New York

Opus
Michael Hollinger trades his bow for a pen in Opus, a tart and witty chamber piece ... (PDF)



Photos


(L to R) Douglas Rees, Richard Topol, Mahira Kakkar, Michael Laurence and David Beach in "Opus" by Michael Hollinger directed by Terrence J. Nolen at Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters. Now in performance through September 1, 2007. Photo Credit: James Leynse.




(L to R)Michael Laurence and David Beach in "Opus" by Michael Hollinger. Directed by Terrence J. Nolen, the cast also features Mahira Kakkar, Douglas Rees and Richard Topal. Now in performance through September 1, 2007 at Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters. Photo Credit: James Leynse.




(L to R) Douglas Rees, Richard Topol, David Beach,  and Michael Laurence in "Opus" by Michael Hollinger directed by Terrence J. Nolen at Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters. The cast also features Mahira Kakkar. Now in performance through September 1, 2007. Photo Credit: James Leynse.




(L to R) David Beach, Richard Topol, Douglas Rees and Michael Laurence in "Opus" by Michael Hollinger. Directed by Terrence J. Nolen the cast also features Mahira Kakkar. Now in performance through September 1, 2007 at Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters. Photo Credit: James Leynse.




(L to R) Mahira Kakkar, Douglas Rees, Michael Laurence, David Beach, and Richard Topol in "Opus" by Michael Hollinger with direction by Terrence J. Nolen. Now in performance through September 1, 2007 at Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters. Photo Credit: James Leynse.




MICHAEL HOLLINGER


FULL-LENGTH PLAYS:

  • A Wonderful Noise (musical),
    co-authored with Vance Lehmkuhl
  • Opus (2006)
  • Tooth and Claw (2004)
  • Red Herring (2000)
  • Tiny Island (1997)
  • Incorruptible (1996)
  • An Empty Plate in the Cafe du Grand Boeuf (1994)

    PLAYS FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES:

  • Eureka!
  • Hot Air
  • Boxheads
  • Clean Getaway (musical),
    co-authored with Beth Dannenfelser

    TEN-MINUTE PLAYS:

  • Battle of the Backyard
  • Senior Moment
  • Truth Decay
  • Naked Lunch
  • Serviette
  • Two-Part Invention

    SCREENPLAYS:

  • Incorruptible
  • Pipe

    AWARDS:

  • Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Citation (OPUS, 2007)
  • Barrymore Award, Outstanding New Play (OPUS, 2006)
  • Frederick Loewe Award for Musical Theatre (A WONDERFUL NOISE, 2005)
  • Barrymore Award, Outstanding New Play (RED HERRING, 2000)
  • Roger L. Stevens Award, Fund for New American Plays (1997)
  • Fellowships from the Independence Foundation, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts


  • REPRESENTATION:

    Mary Harden
    Harden-Curtis Associates
    212.977.8502
    maryharden@hardencurtis.com