To the editor of THE EAGLE:
On Saturday, August 17, I had the pleasure of seeing the wonderfully crafted play "Master Class" by Terrence McNally at Shakespeare & Company. This was a most marvelous, intimate theater experience with an excellent performance by Annette Miller as Maria Callas.
After reading Mr. Borak’s review, I do wonder if we saw the same play. Perhaps because I am a singer I experienced it differently. Even though Mr. Borak did not find the life story of Callas as presented onstage worth caring about, I find it fascinating. Ms. Miller brings so much energy, insight, and humor into this role. Her soliloquies about arts in the world, her interpretation of operatic roles, and the sacrifices she made to have a career were magnificent. Yes, I care about the character and sympathize with her. Ms. Miller became Callas and at times I forgot I was in a theater.
Yes, the character is flawed, as we all are. And her interaction with the students was quite harsh. But she is preparing them for a most demanding career and to carry on a tradition of excellence. She will not tolerate anything else.
Thank you to all the cast members for a great performance. I have met many singers like these talented young actors, and yes, some may seem artificial even in real life. But, they are still all out there -- singing and studying and wondering what their next master class will be like.