Theatre review by Steve Duffy-
Based on Patrick Dennis’ novel “Auntie Mame,” MAME tells the story Mame Dennis, a true American original—a sensational, inspirational freethinker who refuses to live by the rigid rules of 1920s society. She’s irreverent, irrepressible, and irresistible. And when she takes on the rearing of her 10-year-old orphaned nephew Patrick, she turns his life into one wild adventure after another. Along the way, she shows him how to celebrate life and live each moment to the fullest.
Paige Davis delivers a fine portrayal of Mame. She commanded the stage as one would expect from her character. Her vocals are strong and improved throughout the course of the show, especially in the second act.
Jack Ryan Flynn is perfectly cast as young Patrick. The chemistry between him and Davis is perfect. He sings, dances, acts well for his age.
The cast also includes Lauren Cohn, as the hapless Agnes Gooch. Returning to the NSMT stage is the wonderful George Dvorsky as the appealing Beaurgard Jackson Pickett Burnside.
Even with a limited role, David Coffee, is always fun to watch as he plays the uptight Dwight Babcock.
The most memorable songs are “Mame,” “We Need a Little Christmas, “and “Bosom Buddies. The set is mostly bare, but it helps by keeping your focus on the larger-than-life characters as they perform on the stage.
Mame delivers a great party and one you should definitely RSVP to!
Running Time: 2 hours and 40 minutes (includes 15 minute intermission)
Mame is now playing at the North Shore Music Theatre through June 17th. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or by visiting www.nsmt.org