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Master Class

a Play
CATEGORY :
by Terrence McNally

COMPANY : Theatre in the Square [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Theatre in the Square [WEBSITE]
ID# 102

SHOWING : October 04, 2000 - November 12, 2000

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

The author of Lips Together, Teeth Apart turns the life of the great diva Maria Callas into a rich, fascinating theatrical experience. Callas is teaching a master class before an audience and through her larger-than-life persona she's harsh, vulnerable, nasty, and candidly funny.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Jessica Phelps West
Sophie Aimee Ariel
Maria Callas Kathleen McManus
Accompanist Bryan Mercer
Stagehand David Pollak
Sharon Kristin Yoke-Markiton
Tony John Young
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REVIEWS
The Experts Say...

Atlanta Journal Constitution
by Kathy Janich
October 13, 2000
Kathy sez Master Class is "masterful". She praises director Jessica Phelps West for directing a fast-paced, funny and emotionally stirring production. She says the 200-seat Theatre in the Square provides the production with the intamacy it needs. As opera diva Maria Callas, Kathleen McManus "roars through the role with assurance and aplomb."

Southern Voice
by Jim Farmer
October 18, 2000
Jim calls "Master Class" one of the year's best plays. He sez the directing is crisp and emotional and that Kathleen McManus is terrific. In short...he says to buy your tickets before it's too late!


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Divas (should) have feelngs, too
by Jonathan
Friday, November 3, 2000
3.0
Although a fine production, this "Master Class" failed to evoke any sort of emotion from me. Kathleen McManus is a technically perfect diva--but lacked the vulnerability necessary to make me empathize with Maria Callas. Although her support cast was strong on vocal skill, it was weak on acting skill. As a result, Ms. McManus performed somewhat in a void--and the overall emotional tension and payoff was never realized. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Can't stand opera, loved this play
by theaterbug
Thursday, November 2, 2000
4.0
I don't like opera.

Don't get me wrong, I can appreciate on an intellectual level the talent it takes to do that stuff, and now that I've seen "Master Class", I appreciate it even more.

Kathleen McManus is pretty damn amazing. She nailed every nuance of humor and emotion in this well-written script. There are probably very few people that I can listen to for an hour and a half, and then wish she'd talk for an hour and a half more. Spotless. Kudos to Jessica Phelps West's direction as well.

The students (Aimee Ariel, Bryan Mercer, Kristin Yoke-Markiton, and John Young) all provided fun straight men for Maria Callas' caustic and witty scoldings. Their voices (to my extremely untrained ear) were fantastic, though their acting was fair.

David Pollack, as Stagehand, was the luckiest of actors: not many lines, but all of them funny.

All told, a funny and interesting show, even for us uncultured dolts.

I probably still wouldn't go see an opera, though.

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