last night we watched "master class," the play about maria callas. this is the second time they're staging this run. we missed it the first time around, which was about two years ago. we're not really into plays, but since we want to inject some culture into our life (naks), who are we to turn down this invitation? and are we glad we went! the play was written by terence mcnally and the [edited] synopsis reads:
maria callas is teaching a master class in front of an audience (us). she's glamorous, commanding, larger than life—and drop-dead funny. callas' first "victim" is sophie... and now what has started out as a class has become a platform for callas. she glories in her own career, dabbles in opera dish and flat-out seduces the audience...
maria callas is played by the inimitable cherie gil, and indeed she seduces us. cherie gil gives a very powerful performance and you are locked in for the next two hours. the words are delivered in such a way that makes you re-think your life and what you do with it. doesn't matter what your career is or if you are in a creative field; it's all about being passionate about it and giving your all in what you do.
"master class," directed by michael williams, will run for 10 shows at the carlos p. romulo auditorium, RCBC plaza, makati city, on july 29, 30, 31 and august 6, 7, 12, 14 at 8pm; on august 8, 15 at 3:30pm. for tickets, call philippine opera company at 892-8786, 881-7168; or ticketworld at 891-9999. for more information, go to www.philippineoperacompany.com