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Mandell Weiss Theatre - Jacobs Theatre District
located on the UCSD Campus 2910 La Jolla Village Dr. La Jolla, CA 92037
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4.6 / 5 Rated by 35 members
Red Velvet 178 events 121 reviews

This was a first-class production, with thought-provoking ideas and explanations. Extremely well done! Thank you! It was an outstanding theatre experience.

reviewed Apr 18 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from Donald E Smith
Red Velvet 74 events 19 reviews

A VERY interesting play. Very well done. Liked it enormously.

reviewed Apr 09 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from Yvonne A.
123 events 58 reviews

33 Stars for 33 Variations!

What a great experience. The actors were very well cast. The special effects were daring. The plot was innovative, informative, serious and humorous.

~Yvonne and Gary

reviewed Apr 16 2008 report as inappropriate
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Quotes & Highlights

“A satisfying glimpse at individual determination and the timeless pursuit of perfection.” —Variety
“Utterly absorbing.” —Theatermania
“A theatrical masterwork!” —_DC TheaterScene _


Written and Directed by Moises Kaufman

Music by Ludwig van Beethoven

In Association with Tectonic Theater Project

Vienna, 1819 — The powerful music publisher Anton Diabelli writes a small, insignificant waltz and invites the great composers of the time to write a variation on it. Ludwig van Beethoven at first rejects the commission, finding the work trivial and unimportant. For unknown reasons, however, the master changes his mind, becoming obsessed with the theme for four years, ultimately writing 33 variations on the waltz. Now considered the most important work in variation form, these “Diabelli Variations” are the cause of a centuries-old mystery: why would a composer of such genius become obsessed with a common trifle?

Out to become the first to uncover Beethoven’s enigmatic motivations, present-day musicologist Katherine Brandt travels to Beethoven’s archives in Bonn to study the variations first-hand. As Beethoven’s indisputable genius and delightful humanity come to life on the sheet music in front of her, she not only reveals the true nature of his gift, but also comes to embrace the beauty and legacy of her own life.

Written and directed by one of the most produced playwrights today, Moises Kaufman, 33 Variations is a feast for the senses and the spirit. The story of Beethoven’s fascination with a trivial waltz and the modern-day musicologist who sets out to discover the root of his obsession, makes its West Coast premiere at La Jolla Playhouse. Beethoven’s indisputable genius and humanity come to life in this remarkable production featuring on-stage music performed by pianist Diane Walsh.

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