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Master Class

1201 North Royal Street Alexandria

One of the most glamorous celebrities of her time -- and the definition of a diva -- world-renowned opera star Maria Callas comes to vibrant life in this wickedly funny stage bio that won a Tony Award for Best Play. Terrence McNally's Master Class finds the singing legend leading a voice class, and while she both cajoles and terrorizes to get the best out of her students, she muses on her past glories and many heartbreaks. DC favorite Ilona Dulaski stars in this production at MetroStage.

Thru - Jun 11, 2017

Wednesdays: 8:00pm
Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 3:00pm & 8:00pm
Sundays: 3:00pm & 7:00pm

Box Office: 703-548-9044

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MetroWeekly - Recommended

"...This is an intimate, evocative portrait of a still somewhat mysterious star of another age. Seeing it in the intimacy of the Metro Stage is an engaging treat."

Kate Wingfield

BroadwayWorld - Highly Recommended

"...MASTER CLASS is McNally's fictionalized and highly entertaining play where "La Divina" once again brings her passions to the stage, this time as a teacher of young opera students. Originally starring Zoe Caldwell, and later revived with Tyne Daly as Callas, the play requires an actress who can exude the confidence, vulnerability, and bravado of the legend in her declining years."
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Jeffrey Walker

Talkin Broadway - Recommended

"...McNally's script showcases Callas the survivor primarily through her reveries, as the sopranos sing arias from roles she made famous. With the assistance of Alexander Keen's dreamlike lighting and Gordon Nimmo-Smith's photographic projections, accompanied by Callas' own recordings of the arias, Dulaski makes the audience see the diva as an insecure child and a heavy, unattractive young woman who gained respect with her voice. Through torrents of words, she brings to life Callas' strained marriage and longtime, difficult affair with Aristotle Onassis, her regrets and the justifiable satisfaction she derives from succeeding against the odds."
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Susan Berlin

DC Metro Theater Arts - Highly Recommended

"...Make your way to sit in at Master Class and you'll be surprised by what awaits in this splendid and transporting production about life journeys, at the beginning, or by the end."
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Jane Franklin

MD Theatre Guide - Highly Recommended

"...Metro Stage is a beautiful gem of a theatre in a beautiful gem of a city Alexandria, Virginia. This is a play not only for opera lovers but for anyone who calls themselves an artist. Or anyone who has ever wanted anything so much that they would give up everything for it. La Divina reigns!"
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Stephanie Houseon

DCTheatreScene - Highly Recommended

"...I can't say enough about this exquisite production that's got it all, including some of the most talented fresh young artists around in breakout roles. In the program notes, Producing Artistic Director Carolyn Griffin says that "Theater should expand our vision and understanding of our role in the greater universe." Accordingly, this production's life-messages go beyond the notes as Callas admonishes us all to Act-Feel-Be."
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Debbie Minter Jackson

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