When I think of the loosely defined community of artists who are Pacific Theatre, Gina is one of the first who comes to mind. Agnes Of God, The Fever, Prodigal Son, The Busy World Is Hushed - all memorable performances in substantial, challenging shows. You will get another chance to see her on the PT stage before long, in Compassionate Bone's production of Mother Teresa Is Dead next spring. But if you can't wait that long for your Chiarelli fix...
by Terrence McNally
Sep 22 - Oct 22
The Arts Club, Granville Island Stage
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Gina Chiarelli stars as Maria Callas, the legendary singer Leonard Bernstein called “The Bible of opera.” This Tony Award–winning play opens in a master class at Juilliard, where the world’s greatest soprano is more interested in teaching life lessons than opera. The tempestuous yet vulnerable diva muses on her past—her transformation from stocky to sleek, triumphs at La Scala, feuds with rival singers, and a doomed affair with billionaire Aristotle Onassis. Not only a tribute to the star, Master Class is also a statement on the nature of art and the sacrifices we make for it.