33 Variations

2hr. 30min. (1 intermission)
Opened Mar 9, 2009
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Nominated for 5 Tony Awards including Best Play and Best Performance for Jane Fonda! Jane Fonda heads a cast of eight in 33 Variations, a new American play written and directed by Moisés Kaufman, about musicologist Katherine Brandt (portrayed by Fonda) trying to solve a centuries-old mystery regarding Ludwig van Beethoven's "Diabelli Variations." Katherine's obsession takes her from present-day New York to 19th-century Austria. As the music that consumes Katherine comes to life on stage, she races against time to find common ground with her daughter and to embrace the legacy of her own life. "It's a fine line between brittle and breakable. Jane Fonda blurs that distinction to memorable effect [...] Playing a sharp-witted, terminally ill musicologist confronting the betrayal of her body, Ms. Fonda exudes an aura of beleaguered briskness that flirts poignantly with the ghost of her spiky, confrontational screen presence as a young woman." -- Ben Brantley, The New York Times

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