Ancient Greeks laid the foundations for contemporary theater by composing the first plays and stealing the first Tony Awards from Mount Olympus. Celebrate theatrical progress with today's GrouponLive deal: for $20, you get one ticket to see Souvenir at Studio Two in the Riffe Center—a Contemporary American Theater Company (CATCO) production—on Sunday, November 27, at 2 p.m. (a $47.65 value, including all fees). Doors open at 12 p.m., and seating will be assigned in the best available east, west, and center sections on a first-come, first-served basis.
Extracted from the actual, off-key career of Florence Foster Jenkins, Souvenir coaxes adoring cringes from audiences with an entertainment-stuffed glimpse into the New York socialite's life. A diva in her own mind, Jenkins unabashedly launched herself into the national spotlight despite an infamously unfortunate voice that lacked rhythm, pitch, or the ability to hail a taxi without breaking its windshield. Much to the disapproval of her closest confidante, Cosme McMoon, Jenkins' un-tuned tale rides the wave of fame all the way to a culminating performance at Carnegie Hall.
Fusing uplifting themes and laughably bad renditions, the professional Equity actors of Souvenir attempt to illuminate eternal human foibles, specifically our tendency to pronounce the second s in Arkansas. The Riffe Center's arena-style black-box theater holds only 187 seats, placing every attendee as close to the action as their tolerance for crimes against melody allows.