A one-woman show about Nannerl Mozart, the sister of Amadeus
The Other MozartHERE Arts Center (145 6th Avenue, New York, NY) Map it $30
It is somewhat superficial to mention the costume before the actress who wears it in the play she stars in and wrote. However, the dress designed by Magdalena Dąbrowska and Miodrag Guberinic, which also comprises the set of The Other Mozart, is a masterpiece. 18 feet long and covering the stage, it is partially stitched with letters written to Nannerl Mozart, Wolfgang's talented older sister and the only member of her family who lived to old age. Yet as beautiful as her dress is, it is also symbolic of the biographical footnote Nannerl became and the painfully restricted existence creative women endured until, say, the 20th century. Sylvia Milo tells Fraulein Mozart's biography without the pretense of classical music program notes or a public lecture series. Since none of Nannerl's music or letters survive, Milo gives her a strong, lively voice through surviving family correspondence, and a score composed by Nathan Davis and Phyllis Chen. Nannerl talks about giving concerts with her brother when they were children, how to keep a clavichord in good working condition, and, despite the pain of being denied a musical life, love for her brother and his music.