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(Poster by: James Cady )


Definition: Souvenir

French, literally, act of remembering, from Middle French, from (se) souvenir to remember, from Latin subvenire to come up, come to mind, in English usually thought of as a memento, keepsake or token of remembrance.


Pay What You Will performance on March 5th!
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Watch the 3 TV interviews with Lorri Oliver and Phil Shortell
talking with Morning Brew, KASA and KRQE about "Souvenir"!


 
Listen to the Radio Inteview about "Souvenir" from
The Eric Strauss Show

2/21/2015


Read the review from Barry Gaines
in:

Review Excerpt:

Oliver and Shortell are wonderful together. His piano playing and singing are formerly hidden talents that only enhance his acting. Her acting is marvelously controlled and delightfully haughty. Her singing is, well, unforgettable, and the script is witty and sympathetic. This is a "Souvenir" worth keeping

Read the review of "Souvenir" from:

Review Excerpt:

"Oliver... is extraordinary as Florence. Shortell is wonderful."

"What a fun evening. As can be expected, Cady delivers well—even down to the play's excellent poster.
At the performance I attended, Souvenir well deserved its enthusiastic standing ovation!"


The Adobe Theater is presenting Stephen Temperley’s 2005 Broadway play Souvenir. In this case the “act of remembering” is being done by an aging nightclub pianist and what he is remembering is a woman most people have never heard of, but will undoubtedly hear of soon since Meryl Streep has signed on to play her in a major film that will start production soon after The Adobe Theater’s production closes.





Souvenir carries the subtitle “A Fantasia on the life of Florence Foster Jenkins”. Lorri Layle Oliver will portray Ms. Jenkins and Philip J. Shortell will play the aging nightclub pianist - the improbably though actually named Cosmé McMoon.


Before Lorri had heard of “Souvenir” she first learned about the real life Florence Foster Jenkins (FFJ) in the late 1980s when Lorri was studying opera in Santa Fe. She was working on some coloratura arias with her accompanist, Ron Grinage. During a break, he played a recording of FFJ singing the “Queen of the Night” from Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”. They laughed at it, but Lorri was horrified at the same time that someone that bad would actually record themselves.




This is not a play about a bad singer. It’s a play about a woman who did not sing well but was famous in NY Society for her posh recitals and charity work. She was well known enough that renowned and wonderful musicians like Cole Porter and Noel Coward came to her concerts.

When Lorri and Phil started acting together in 2012 (first as Linda and Willie Loman in Death of a Salesman and then in 2013 as Kate and Joe Keller in All My Sons – both directed by James Cady), these two productions were very well received. Since then they have been looking for another play. James Cady will again direct and Donna M. Barra will again be the Stage Manager.
Souvenir is a warm, humorous and loving fictional interpretation of what the relationship between Cosmé McMoon and FFJ may have been.

As best we can know FFJ and Cosmé met in 1932 and they stayed together (as singer and accompanist) till her death shortly after a sold out concert at Carnegie Hall in 1944. Our play opens with Cosmé at the keyboard 20 years to the day after her death, looking back to their meeting in 1932 and carrying forward.

SOUVENIR  runs  through Sunday, March 15th. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:00pm with a special ‘Pay What You Will’ performance (to benefit the cast and crew) on Thursday March 5th at 7.30pm. Tickets are only $17, seniors and students $15. Reservations 505-898-9222 Click here.

Watch the 3 TV interviews with Lorri Oliver and Phil Shortell
talking with Morning Brew, KASA and KRQE about "Souvenir"!



 


Listen to the Radio Inteview about "Souvenir" from:

The Eric Strauss Show


2/21/2015


Read the review from Barry Gaines
in:

Review Excerpt:

Oliver and Shortell are wonderful together. His piano playing and singing are formerly hidden talents that only enhance his acting.
Her acting is marvelously controlled and delightfully haughty. Her singing is, well, unforgettable, and the script is witty and sympathetic.
This is a "Souvenir" worth keeping

Read the review of "Souvenir" from:


Review Excerpt:

"Oliver... is extraordinary as Florence. Shortell is wonderful."
"What a fun evening. As can be expected, Cady delivers well—even down to the play's excellent poster.
At the performance I attended, Souvenir well deserved its enthusiastic standing ovation!"

Click HERE for an exclusive interview "Souvenir" author

Stephen Temperley
did this Valentine's day with the director and actors of
The Adobe Theatere's production of his play!

  



 

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Theater Location:
9813 Fourth Street NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico
(2 blocks north of Alameda Boulevard)

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Mailing Address:
The Adobe Theater, Inc.
P.O. Box 276
Corrales NM 87048
Theater Main Number & Reservations:
505-898-9222

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