Theater: Vogue of the Age: Carrion Chic

EVITA Lyrics by Tim Rice; Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Argentina's renowned man of letters, Jorge Luis Borges, has characterized her as a "common prostitute." That scarcely fazes Messrs. Rice and Lloyd Webber and Director Harold Prince as they bestow on Eva Duarte Perón some of the epic dimensions attributed to her by her ardent worshipers, the descamisados (shirtless ones), the poorest of the Argentine poor.

In the view of the gentlemen who fashioned this pop quasi-documentary set to music, Eva was spunky, iron-willed, flagrantly corrupt and a canny mistress of horizontal levitation. With...

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