I started this blog with one daughter, kept it up with the other, to spend time together doing something we enjoyed.
However, things change and people evolve. My daughters are older, busier, and not as interested in writing.
From now on this blog will be mostly mom with occasional contributions from my daughters and maybe even my husband.
Nothing else will change. We'll still focus on sharing fun places to go, fun things to do, and more, and we would  still love to hear your views too

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Theater Thursday - Souvenir

What: Souvenir

Where: Available for Streaming From Hippodrome State Theatre

When: Through July 26, 2020

Souvenir is the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a socialite who wanted to be a singer. She gave numerous concert performances and even famously sang at Carnegie Hall despite her complete lack of singing talent. The story is told through the eyes of Cosme McMoon, a composer who was her accompanist. The brilliant Meryl Streep previously played Ms. Foster Jenkins in a movie that was out several years ago. Ms. Streep 's acting in the film was up to her usual excellence, and she earned another Oscar nomination for the role. However, Kelly Atkins portrayal of Florence in this production may even be a little bit better. There is much more of vulnerableness in her Florence behind the bravado and confidence that makes you feel for the character even more. She is not just a buffoon out there to entertain, she is a real person with feelings. Malcolm Gets as Cosme McMoon is equally as good in his role. The way he talks about Florence and the way he looks at her so caringly as if he would do anything in the world to keep her from being hurt makes it completely understandable why Cosme would never be honest with Florence about her talent or lack thereof. His eyes are so expressive that it is hard to believe the two actors were never in the same room when the show was recorded. In fact, in general, the actors play off each other so well that it is hard to believe that the entire show was produced socially distantly.  Occasionally,  it does seem a little disconcerting how far apart the actors always are from each other.  However, on the whole, considering the circumstances, the show is extremely well done.

And that's Mom's view.

For more about Souvenir or to purchase an online ticket, visit https://thehipp.org/souvenir.

Tune in Sunday for this week's Sunday Scoop.

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