If you've ever wondered how Mamie Eisenhower, lonely and a little tipsy on her birthday, responded to the Little Rock Nine crisis, allow playwright Michael John LaChiusa to enlighten you: She traveled back in time, by boat, to confront her philandering husband about his mistress/chauffeur, Kay Summersby.
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|Mamie pours a stiff one in First Lady Suite.|
Vain, childish, self-pitying and self-absorbed, Mamie is but one of the women trapped by the office of the presidency in First Lady Suite, LaChiusa's surreal and somewhat facile chamber musical now featured in a bumpy production by R-S Theatrics. Often employing the metaphor of flight, the show plays fast and loose with the veneers of fame, imagining the unknown and dreamlike inner worlds of these public figures as they hurtle through the air, freed from the confines of the White House.More »