Assistant Professor Antonio Ocampo-Guzman’s latest directorial endeavor, Terrence McNally’s Tony award-winning play “Master Class,” has received a great deal of praise from the press since opening at Watertown’s New Repertory Theatre.
“[Amelia] Broome’s performance, along with direction from Antonio Ocampo-Guzman (who makes this occasion a master class in itself, as he did two seasons ago with “Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune” and last year with “Art”), brings that portrait [of Maria Callas] richly to life.”
South Shore Critic
“If you’ve lived your whole life for opera, or if you’ve lived your whole life without it, you owe it to yourself to see Terrence McNally’s play “Master Class”, itself a masterpiece of wit, wisdom and warmth. The winner of the 1996 Tony Award as Best Play and the Drama Desk Award for Best New Play, it was a tribute to the memory of his beloved La Divina, Maria Callas, as well as a vehicle for a star turn by a series of notable theatrical divas in various productions over the years. It was also, in the guise of a master class on operatic singing and technique, a window into the process of the making of art. In New Rep’s current production, in the masterful hands of Director Antonio Ocampo-Guzman, it is all of this and more. It’s heartbreaking and hilarious, an uncanny portrayal of a larger-then-life legend.”
“Stalking the stage in a black sweater and pants and the Hermès scarf McNally prescribes, she radiates authority. When she points her chin and lectures the audience, she can seem arch and artificial. But when she gets down on her knees to show Sophie how to sing Amina’s sleepwalking aria, she loses herself in the music. And when she tells slouching tenor Tony, “Look at me, I’m drinking water, and I have presence,” she does.”
To learn more about “Master Class,” get details about the cast and crew, or to purchase tickets for the show (which runs through April 21, 2013 at the New Repertory Theatre, Arsenal Center for the Arts, 312 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472), visit the show’s page on the New Repertory Theatre website.