Before Nicki, before Mariah, before Bette, before Babs even -- real divas roamed the Earth, women of such gigantic talent (and ego) that contemporary comparisons don't cut the mustard. Meet two of the biggest in The Ladies of the Camellias, a hilarious farce about an imagined meeting between theatrical legends Eleanora Duse and Sarah Bernhardt. Set in 1897 in Paris, the two stars are scheduled to perform back-to-back productions of the same play at the same theater. Members of both acting companies expect fireworks, and fuel is added to the fire when an anarchist named Ivan threatens to blow everyone up, including the two rival stars. Using their only weapon - theatrical dialogue - to disarm the would-be murderer, the Ladies uncover his true ambition, a unifying discovery that leads to forgiveness and transformation for all involved. Julian Lopez-Morillas directs this production from Ross Valley Players at Barn Theatre.
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