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Calendar, Night&Day Maria Full of Grace Notes

Maria Full of Grace Notes

Divas of the world, unite! At long last, you can see -- though not kiss -- the hem of Maria Callas’ gown. The great soprano, whose voice, acting ability, and outsize personality set the standard for Elvis, Barbra (Streisand, don’t…
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The Diary of Anne Frank.There is probably a special place in hell for obscure, junior-grade theater critics who would use what few column inches they have to pick on a tiny, independent, church-adjacent production of The Diary of Anne Frank.…
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>The Diary of Anne Frank.There is probably a special place in hell for obscure, junior-grade theater critics who would use what few column inches they have to pick on a tiny, independent, church-adjacent production of The Diary of Anne Frank.…
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Theater Review: "Master Class" at NCTC

Master Class begins strongly, and abruptly, with the appearance of opera's great diva, Maria Callas (played by Michaela Greeley). There is no transition into theatrical "space" — the lights stay on, the actors come onstage, class begins. Greeley has an…
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Culture, Stage Amy Freed's comedy is far from spectacular in <i>You, Nero</i>

Amy Freed's comedy is far from spectacular in You, Nero

Over the years I've been blogging about the arts, I've never been showered with more feedback than I received for a post I wrote about Susan Boyle a few weeks ago. Following the hype surrounding the middle-aged chanteuse's rocketlike ascent…
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Faux Real

If you needed more signs that San Francisco bends gender rules other places don't even know exist yet, one of the hardest-working drag queens currently working the stage at Climate Theater boasts that she is actually a woman. Yet Monique…
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Calendar, Night&Day Friend and Faux

Friend and Faux

Monique Jenkinson stunned the world when her drag alter ego, Fauxnique, won the Miss Trannyshack title in 2003. She was the only person born a woman to ever have made it to the very tippy top of the San Francisco…
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Film, Diva Down

Diva Down

"I know why I hate integrity," moans Jeremy Irons late in Callas Forever. "It's great for the person who has it; it's pure hell for those around it." Indeed. As tacky, ponytailed impresario Larry Kelly, Irons makes for one seriously…
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Master Class

One reason people use the word "diva" too often nowadays is that the notion of great women being defined by great performances has made great fodder for modern dramatists. Not far beneath Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard, the pinnacle of diva…
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Diva Master Class. By Terrence McNally. Directed by Leonard Foglia. Starring Faye Dunaway, Suzan Hanson, Melinda Klump, and Kevin Paul Anderson. At the Golden Gate Theater, 1 Taylor (at Golden Gate), Aug. 12-24. Call 776-1999. "This isn't about me," Faye…
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