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Dramatic Criticism for Mame On November 7th 2002 I attended the Musical Theater West Production of Mame at the Long Beach Carpenter Center Mame is very well off She lives in New York at the peak of the Twenties and is surprised by a wonderful present an orphan nephew named Patrick Now ten-year-old Patrick needs his aunt and this is something new for Mame- to be needed It changes her life It brings her into sharp conflict with her best friend Vera Charles a multi-martini grande dame of the legitimate theater-for Vera cant stand children The man Mame is about to marry is perfectly willing to take on the boy as a bonus but Mame doesnt think shell have time for marriage-Ill be too busy being a mother The boys nanny Agnes Gooch doesnt approve of those irrepressible things which go on in Mames Beekman Place apartment and yet she inevitably falls under her spell Eye to eye toe to toe Mame battles Babcock the snooty banker who wants to make young Patrick the prisoner of the Establishment and put the chains of conformity around him With the balloon burst of the Depression it looks as if Babcock is going to have his way Mame loses all her money and she loses jobs as quickly as she finds them Mames gift is giving not working for hire In a brief adventure as a manicurist she meets Beau-a wealthy scion of the South He takes Mame to his plantation for the begrudging approval of his family They are astounded at her exploits on horseback so is she Of course Beau proposes-in the bouncing title song which sings the praises of Mame Theres only one problem as the curtain falls on the first act-young Patrick who has given her such joy and provided a purpose in her life smiles bravely But hes afraid he has lost his Best Girl Personally I think there
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