The topic of Ergo Phizmiz’s small opera Gala is Gala Dalí’s overwhelming passion for Jeff Fenholt, the original star of Jesus Christ Superstar, who was a ‘boy toy’ for Gala when she was 79 and he was 29. There’s a double geriatric sex scene (no fun to witness), and a bit of live rabbit-boiling thrown in for good measure, but it’s a woeful watch.
Once the forty minutes were up, I just kept thinking of the Mechanicals’ description of their play in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which makes Theseus laugh so much: “A tedious brief scene.” Gala is both tedious and brief. With luck, Grimeborn has other, better things in store.
- The original Vanity Fair article from which I quote: Dali’s Demon Bride, John Richardson, December 1998