Wilborn Hampton: Welcome To The Golden Age
Huffington Post - about 5 years
At its heart, Golden Age, Terrence McNally's charming new play at the Manhattan Theater Club, is a passionate love story. Actually, it's several love stories, but what makes the play so appealing is the one between the playwright and the world of opera.
It's hardly a secret that McNally is a consummate opera buff. There could be an entire subgenre of his work under the heading "the opera plays." He's written at least four - Master Class, The Lisbon Traviata, Prelude and Liebestod, and now Golden Age - that directly deal with opera themes and there are operatic references scattered throughout other works, not to mention his libretti.
In Golden Age McNally is basically having some fun at the expense of opera snobs, but he also touches on the anguish that accompanies creative genius.
All of the action occurs backstage of the Theatre des Italiens in Paris on the stormy night of Jan. 25, 1835 where the world premiere of Vincenzo Bellini's last opera, I Puritani, is t...
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