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Patti LuPone, indelible in story and song at the Art House

“Craft has gotten lost in this country. . . . You have to figure out how to maintain your craft,’’ said Patti LuPone during her first Saturday performance at the Art House in Provincetown.
“Craft has gotten lost in this country. . . . You have to figure out how to maintain your craft,’’ said Patti LuPone during her first Saturday performance at the Art House in Provincetown.Ethan Hill

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PROVINCETOWN – “Success is longevity,’’ Patti LuPone declared during a conversation with host/pianist Seth Rudetsky at the Art House here on Saturday evening. Well, she should know. It’s been nearly 3 ½ decades since her Tony Award-winning portrayal of Eva Peron in “Evita’’ made LuPone famous, but she had made her Broadway debut six years before that, playing Irina in “The Three Sisters.’’

Today, at 64, the singer-actress appears to be having the time of her life, to judge by her compulsively entertaining, frequently hilarious performance at the Art House, which was even better than her appearance here last year. The distance between the roles of Irina and Eva – not to mention the distance between Chekhov and Andrew Lloyd Webber – was early evidence of the versatility and fearlessness that have since become hallmarks of LuPone’s career.

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