But that’s not to say that Bach at Leipzig is not devastatingly intelligent, structurally masterful, or deliciously entertaining, all of which it most certainly is — the script’s wordplay and ironies are witty, often wickedly so, and PSC’s scintillating production wants for nothing. “Surprising and inevitable,” Fasch quotes the dead organist as having defined the perfect fugue. You can say the same about the joys of a great farce, and Bach at Leipzig plays it out over dizzying octaves.
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BACH AT LEIPZIG | by Itamar Moses | Directed by Samuel Buggeln | Produced by Portland Stage Company | through May 23 | 207.774.0465
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