By Peter Shaffer
Directed by Kwame Kwei Armah
Through Oct. 12 at Center Stage
It’s a little too easy to reduce Peter Shaffer’s play “Amadeus” to a high-concept soundbite: Famous but mediocre composer Antonio Salieri plots to kill the obscure but brilliant Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart out of jealousy. Put that way, it sounds like a supervillain ambushing a superhero—as if Lex Luthor had kidnapped Clark Kent. And Shaffer sometimes allows his script to lapse into this schematic structure.
For a production of “Amadeus” to work, it needs Salieri’s jealousy to be based not on sheer...