In the final moments the story nearly stumbles over its own rhythm, as though the author lost a sense of the play's lift and flow. Still, it is a masterful piece that will come back to you over and over again, like a recurring theme in a favorite piece of music.
Leave a comment here and tell how long it takes you to buy a copy of Beethoven's Opus 131 after you see this excellent, excellent play.
Opus, by Michael Hollinger. Directed by Terrance J. Nolen With: David Beach, Mahira Kakkar, Michael Laurence, Douglas Rees, Richard Topol. Set design by James Kronzer, costume design by Anne Kennedy, lighting design by Justin Townsend, sound design by Jorge Cousineau.
At Primary Stages, 59 East 59th Street. 80 minutes. Through September 1.
Tickets online or call 212-279-4200.