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7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 pm Sundays (no show May 5) through May 26., Friday May 17 | $15-$35.
Sanctuary at Sandy Plaza
1785 NE Sandy Blvd.
We love our celebrity couples, especially those with tumultuous or scandalous relationships. Throw in a baby mama or some rumored domestic violence and we’re hooked. And nostalgic romance aside, famed opera diva Maria Callas and wealthy Greek businessman Aristotle Onassis were a doozy of a duo. The new original musical Ari-Maria, with book and lyrics by Triangle Productions managing director Don Horn and music by Jonathan Quesenberry, follows the few years of the couple’s turbulent romance. Lead actors Amy Jo Halliday as Callas and Bruce Blanchard as Onassis embody their roles remarkably—with Halliday in particular showing off an impressive set of pipes and some serious opera chops. In fact, the performances are almost too believable, and it’s difficult to have sympathy for two such unlikable people: She’s a spoiled, narcissistic diva and he’s an arrogant, power-hungry misogynist. The doomed love affair unfolds through a series of trite musical numbers and gossip-column-style narration before wrapping up in a foregone (yet still baffling) conclusion. If nothing else, the show serves as a decent refresher course in historic celebrity gossip.

Where: Sanctuary at Sandy Plaza
Phone: 239-5919
Address: 1785 NE Sandy Blvd.
Website: https://app.ticketturtle.com/index.php?ticketing=tri

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