In the post-Tony Award, post-Fourth of July haze of the humid summer days on the isle of Manhattan, where most producers are simply happy to report recouping investments, one dramatic production boasts an extension. Master Class, the Terrence McNally revival on stage at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, has had its limited run extended a second time, this time until September 4, 2011.
Tyne Daly’s extraordinary performance as diva voice coach Maria Callas will certainly warrant a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical. It has to if her portrayal of a women bent on undermining each of her students and whose narcissism grabs the audience, taking them through a series of flashbacks, is powerful enough to encourage the producers to keep the show running beyond its closing date…especially since the show just opened five days ago.
The role of Maria Callas has proven a transcendent role for older actresses. Faye Dunaway, Patti LuPone, and Dixie Carter have all excelled in the role. Still, that is not a comment meant to thwart any praise for Daly. I am by no means a belittling pedagogue. Even this summer heat has not fazed me – I live in the blissful world of central air.
Critics across the country agree that Daly’s performance is one to be celebrated years down the road, one which reminds older audience members of her 1990 Tony Award-winning performance as Rose in Gypsy. Yes, the critics also rehash the same tired critique of the play overall (too much talking in the back story), but sometimes theater is just about enjoying a master at work, and this summer Tyne Daly is truly in a master class of her own.
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