Sunday, April 7, 2013

Master Class - Play - Terence McNally

Terence McNally - Brava!  Kudos on the dialogue, depth, being a wordsmith extraordinaire!  Moving emotional process for the actors, audience and experience!  Many kudos to McNally!

Master Class reflects a pathos, emotional experience and ability to share a multi-dimensional view of a woman's life journey - the woman - Maria Callas.  Callas' triumph overcoming weight issues and abusive people in her life soars to the height of accomplishment in Opera.  Her voice, technique and ability to move audiences with every role in Opera, reflects her depth - both of talent and technique.

Callas - the Prima Persona of Opera, Voice, Acting & Ability to Show - to Tell & to Transform herself and her audience.  Callas - being Greek, having Passion and being Dramatic.  McNally nails it.

'Master Class' production in Boston in '96 with Faye Dunaway was an intimate and transformational evening in the theater with the actor and sympatico!  By far one of the best theater experiences of my life!

'Master Class' production at the New Rep with Amelia Broome - Ouch!  Broome's performance and accent missed the mark to such a significant degree that it hurt - physcially hurt - my ears, my eyes and heart.  This is not Callas!  This is not Greek pathos & dramatic pitch!  Broome's accent most certainly sounded Asian and pointed without any emotional guts attached.  Guts in terms of 'having heart' as most creative people know...carries the day & Boome did not!  Guts in terms of 'having heart' and that something-something that all athletes know is the variable for the win, for the last second miracle play.

'Master Class' is masterfull; the play, the words, the emotionals connect.  The production at New Rep was anything but; flat, boring, too staccato and not deep..not connecting and quite honestly, I could have a masterful few hours reading the piece and I, not an professional actor, feel confident that I could mesmerize the audience with a reading, sitting at a table on the stage & have them weep, laugh and empathize with Callas.  Amelai Bloome did none of these things and was grating and a total disappointment; as was evidenced by the lack of applause and lack of response at pivotal points in the production.

This production was a travesty and oh how Callas would have hated it!

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