Classical Is Popular! World Premiere of Opus Extended at Philly's Arden

News   Classical Is Popular! World Premiere of Opus Extended at Philly's Arden Arden Theatre Company's world premiere of Michael Hollinger's Opus is getting a one-week extension following good reviews and word of mouth.

The resident Philadelphia company extended the run to March 12. The additional eight performances "are a direct response to strong ticket sales and positive audience feedback," according to a Feb. 1 Arden announcement.

Violist turned playwright, Michael Hollinger returns to his first passion with this play, about classical musicians.

"With only a few days to rehearse Beethoven's 'Opus 131,' a world-renowned string quartet struggles to prepare for their highest-profile performance," according to Arden notes. "Their rehearsal room becomes a pressure cooker as passions rise, personalities clash, and the players are forced to confront the ephemeral nature of their life's work."

Opus features two-time Barrymore Award winner, Greg Wood (Death of a Salesman, Daedalus), David Whalen, last seen in Philadelphia Theatre Company's Barrymore Award-winning Take Me Out, Douglas Rees, Patrick McNulty and Erika Cuenca.

Arden artistic director Terrence J. Nolen directs. Ticket prices range from $29 to $45 and may be purchased by calling the Arden Box office at (215) 922-1122, online at www.ardentheatre.org or in person at 40 N. 2nd Street in Old City.

Post-show discussions are scheduled following performances on Feb. 5 at 2 PM, Feb. 15 at 6:30 PM and Feb. 19 at 2 PM.