‘Fire and Air’ Theater Review: Terrence McNally Attempts a Master Class in Ballet

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At his very best, Terrance McNally is able to express on stage the wonderfully uplifting, transportational power of the theater and how it affects the artist (Maria Calas in “Master Class”), as well as the audience (an opera queen in “The Lisbon Traviata”). In McNally’s new play, “Fire and Air,” which opened Thursday at Off Broadway’s Classic Stage Company, Sergei Diaghilev is often both the artist and the audience. At the 1912 world premiere of dancer-choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky’s ballet, “Afternoon of a Faun,” Diaghilev is a spectator but his artistic contributions to the work make him as much a co-artist as...
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