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Master Class Member Picks The Short List (Theater) Recommended Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 24 2013

By the time the opera singer Maria Callas died in 1977, her considerable talents had been overshadowed by dubious tabloid accounts of her personality. Terrence McNally's Tony-winning 1995 play, directed here by Fred Anzevino for Theo Ubique, doesn't exactly set the record straight, but it is a wickedly entertaining portrait of La Divina as an artist. In the twilight of her career, she's at the helm of a master class, interrupting her students for the umpteenth time to declare that "it's not about me!" McNally gives us a flavor of the storied voice with recorded arias, scripted over with lurid personal monologues. In lesser hands than Kelli Harrington's that move might be obnoxious, but her portrayal of Callas is sharp-witted, elegant, and transfixing. —Keith Griffith

Price: $25-$59

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