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The Metropolis Case by Matthew Gallaway
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Nov 12, 11

Read from November 09 to 12, 2011

A bravura reinvention of "The Makropulos Case." But Gallaway
imposes his personal vision which encompasses Richard Wagner,
AIDS, the Paris Commune and the 9/11 attacks. Within a
compelling sexual labyrinth that weaves through Time with
timeless characters, he explores love & loneliness, desire
& despair, and other-worldly elixirs.

Rustling our imagination are twins separated at birth, lost
parents, a scientist who concocts a potion, a 'sleeping prince'
who awakens to reveal a secret. In sum, careerist New Yorkers
- lumbered with baggage, past and present - discover a link
among themselves and to an opera singer who knew European stages
over 100 years ago.

As with air and water, says a young vulnerable who's looking for
love, there's "no point making distinctions between art and love."
He wants both. Is he asking for too much? In this connecting
struggle lives are shaped by the "love-glance motive" -- to borrow
a phrase from opera buff Milton Cross.

Finale: Gallaway offers a daring sequence - a duet of 'operatic'
release that's a bit of the terrific. It may bollox those who
incorrectly perceive this as realism, for here's a romantic fable
on the nature of loving with a salute to any comedy of errors. The
author creates a disquieting spell that touches hidden longings
and carnal adventures.





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