In Souvenir, it takes a lot of skill to play a no-talent hack
Palm Beach Dramaworks successfully has taken on the challenge of Souvenir, a 2005 Broadway comedy based on the true life of a woman who murdered music every time she sang, and did it often. The singing is certainly and boundlessly comic in Stephen Temperley's play, directed carefully by J. Barry Lewis and starring Elizabeth Dimon as the voice from hell. The company's designers have provided the two actors with rich surroundings. Michael Amico's set is trimmed in marble effects that double as a Ritz-Carlton recital salon, Jenkins' private rehearsal room and several other locales when carefully lit by Ron Burns. Steve Shapiro's sound design mixes in concert hall crowd reaction to augment the crowds in the tiny Dramaworks space. Erin Amico's costumes range from the ostentatiously dowdy to showbiz flamboyance for Dimon's showcase.