January 16, 1997 |
"Evita" is a great, big, true story with great, big themes of ambition, power, fame and social justice. It asks big questions, such as: Do ends justify means? Can people who use each other still love each other? Is it better to burn brightly even if you flame out early? It offers a rare cinematic look at a strong woman who takes charge of her own life--and death--without apology. It teaches lessons of sexual politics along with history.
December 22, 1996 |
By now we have grown used to thinking of history as fiction. We've read the "nonfiction novel," the New Journalism, the biography whose subject thinks thoughts that the biographer, apparently, can mind-read years later. We have forgotten that "magical realism" is an oxymoron. But are we ready for the life that is pure theater? "She came out of the shadows of the wings," writes Tomas Eloy Martinez in his new, marvelously absorbing and wildly funny novel about Eva Peron, "opened a door and walked to the center of the stage.
September 10, 1996 |
Gen. Juan Domingo Peron--three times elected president of Argentina, patriarch of a historic Latin American political movement, husband of the beloved and ubiquitous Evita--does not rest in peace. In fact, there is little peace in Argentine cemeteries. Politicians, lawyers, pathologists, soldiers and grave robbers are forever disturbing the corpses of the Perons and other famous dead people.
April 15, 1993 |
A mere 15 minutes after she starred in "Evita" at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Valerie Perri was in the spotlight again. This time, she and the other "Evita" cast members were the stars of a party Tuesday at Birraporetti's in Costa Mesa to celebrate the musical's opening night. The center board of directors invited 200 guests, many of them longtime center supporters, to congratulate the actors after the show and indulge in Italian food.
December 21, 1988 |
A simply dressed, middle-aged woman puts her fingers to her lips, stretches out her hand and reverently rubs the plaque on Maria Eva Peron's tomb. Near tears, the mourner makes the sign of the cross. A short while later, a different sort of pilgrim arrives to show the tomb to friends. "Horrible, horrible woman, that Evita," says the elegant visitor, her voice raw with scorn and anger. "Fortunately, she didn't live longer."
September 1, 1987 |
An Argentine judge Monday arraigned five suspects in closed session in connection with the amputation and attempted ransom of the late President Juan Peron's hands, a court secretary said. Grave-robbers earlier this year broke into Peron's tomb and cut off both of the corpse's hands. In July, they sent notes to the Peronist political party, founded by Peron in the 1940s, demanding an $8-million ransom. The ransom was never paid, and the hands have not been recovered.