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Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins 

When: Jan. 22-23, 8 p.m., Jan. 8-9, 8 p.m., Jan. 14-16, 8 p.m., Sun., Jan. 24, 3 p.m. and Jan. 29-3, 8 p.m. 2010
Phone: (843) 856-1579
Price: $25, $23/seniors, $20/students

Florence Foster Jenkins was a musical sensation in the late 19th and early 20th century. Tickets to her concerts were highly sought-after by fans, and her career culminated in an infamous sold-out performance at Carnegie Hall a month before her death in 1944. The thing is, Florence was no nightingale. Completely lacking in rhythm, pitch, tone, and overall singing ability, the songstress seemed to be the only one unaware that her audiences filed in for amusement, not musical entertainment. Onlookers were known to stuff handkerchiefs in their mouths to drown their laughter, which the self-assured Florence would interpret as a sign of admiration. The Village Playhouse presents this two-person comedy starring Susie Hallatt as Florence and Randy Risher as Cosme, her wry accompanist. Keely Enright directs. You might want to bring along some earplugs for this one. —Erica Jackson

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