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So bad it's good

If you're looking for something to do after the fireworks go "pop" this weekend, how about a show built around a soprano who couldn't sing?

Duoangel300 Florence Foster Jenkins (1868-1944) was born into a wealthy Pennsylvania family and from childhood had but one dream: a career in music.  Her parents, and later her husband, discouraged the singing career she so fervently desired. Once they were out of the picture and Jenkins had begun to give recitals, the reason for the familial reluctance became clear.  The "coloratura soprano" had no sense of rhythm or pitch, and listening to her was (depending on your tolerance for off-key singing) either hilarious or painful.

Stephen Temperley wrote Souvenir, a play about Jenkins, which debuted on Broadway with the glorious Judy Kaye as the delusional diva in 2005.  Palm Beach Dramaworks opens its own production, starring Carbonell Award winner Elizabeth Dimon as Jenkins and Tom Kenaston as her long-suffering pianist Cosme McMoon, at 8 p.m. Saturday (there are previews Wednesday and Thursday, but no show on the Fourth of July).  Like Kaye, Dimon has a terrific voice, so just know that all the off-key squawking you're likely to hear is the result of really good acting.

Tickets are $42 evenings (Wednesday-Saturday), $40 for 2 p.m. matinees (Saturday-Sunday).  The theater is at 322 Banyan Blvd., West Palm Beach.  Call 561-514-4042 or visit the website for info.

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