Magazine article Americas (English Edition)

A Master Class with a Leading Lady

Magazine article Americas (English Edition)

A Master Class with a Leading Lady

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While Hollywood's maturing stars may lament the dearth of scripts for grown-up women, Norma Aleandro, for decades first lady of both the Argentine silver screen and Avenida Corrientes, the Broadway of Buenos Aires, has allowed herself to ripen into an actress of lush range and endless roles.

The world remembers Aleandro for the 1986 Oscar-winning film La Historia Oficial. For her flawless interpretation as the mother of an adopted daughter taken from desaparecidas, she won a best actress award at Cannes, New York's Golden Globe, and Italy's Donatello prize. To a lifetime's array of accolades, Aleandro now adds the unanimous acclaim greeting her portrayal in Terrence McNally's Master Class, which premiered during Buenos Aires's most recent theater season.

"People still go to the theater in this country," commented Federico Gonzalez del Pino, taking in the opening night crowd at the Teatro Maipo. "We need the contact. The theater is always dying here, but always with the possibility of resurrection."

He should know, given the success he shares with partner Fernando Mas Llorens as literary agents in Buenos Aires for several Broadway authors, including McNally, whose Love, Valor, Compassion was already a hit on Corrientes and who is also known locally for his musical comedy adaptation of the late Argentine writer Manuel Puig's novel, The Kiss of the Spider Woman.

For Master Class, McNally chooses Callas's 1970s Juilliard School classes as the background against which the diva's difficult personality and tormented life unfold. …

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