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Stephen Temperley

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ISBN: 9780822221579

For more than half a century the name Florence Foster Jenkins has been…

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"A beguiling comic jewel with a heart." —Variety. "Life holds up a funhouse mirror to art in SOUVENIR, Stephen Temperley's wildly funny and surprisingly touching portrait of real-life musical laughingstock Florence Foster Jenkins…a memorable illustration of the real limits of self-perception, and of the purely theatrical magic that can turn the tinniest ear to gold." —Time Out NY. "Tone-deaf but utterly pitch-perfect. What is extraordinary about SOUVENIR is that Temperley has made Jenkins, for all her foolishness, a remarkably sympathetic woman. You never doubt that Jenkins has tremendous dedication to the composers whose work she massacres. Kaye makes her devotion to Art incredibly moving. To have made Jenkins a tender, poignant human being is breathtaking…A kind of loony triumph." —NY Daily News. "If you're lucky enough to see SOUVENIR: A FANTASIA ON THE LIFE OF FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS at the Berkshire Theatre Festival before it heads to Broadway, you'll have one distinct advantage over Jenkins' audiences. You won't have to try to keep your body from shaking or stuff your handkerchief into your mouth to hide your laughter. And laugh you will. Till you cry. SOUVENIR is downright hilarious…Temperley has brought to this his own sense of mirth as well as a sensibility that doesn't settle for mere mirth. Thus SOUVENIR raises questions about how we see ourselves and how others see us, how we make music and how we make judgments about people making music…So go laugh to your heart's content. There weren't many voices as bad as Jenkins'. There aren't many theatrical experiences as good as SOUVENIR." —Boston Globe. "…an unexpectedly gentle and affecting comedy." —NY Times.


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