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What is it like having An Audience with Meow Meow?

You’ve done it – you’ve had an audience with Meow Meow – or rather, you were an audience with Meow Meow. Either way, there should be plenty to talk about after an evening with “a showgirl of gargantuan proportions.”

What questions do you have for Meow Meow?

How would you describe your experience in the theater? What did you walk away thinking?

Meow Meow loves the strong and brazen women performers of the twentieth century – many of whom performed in Boston’s theater district. Do you have a favorite Dame that would you see on stage? Are you more of a Gypsy Rose Lee fan or more of the Adele Astaire sort?

Leave your comments below!

An Audience with Meow Meow directed by Leigh Silverman and choreographed by Sonya Tayeh runs at the Emerson/Cutler Majestic through October 24. Tell your friends to get their tickets today! Available at artsemerson.org. 

5 Comments

  1. Christine BergstromOctober 9, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Dear Meow Meow, Saw your opening, I would have enjoyed more of your singing. Maybe next time.

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  2. Steve BursteinOctober 10, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    I wonder if in some parts of her show, she’s parodying Kate Bush and Sarah Brightman? She asked me to take off her coat, and I COULDN’T! I was too nervous. So I nervously wiggled my fingers, and she said “Don’t act, darling, just do”. She must have thought I was trying to be funny myself, and maybe she hates it if audience members try to do that.But being a man, I DON’T know how to take off a woman’s coat!Still, who else can take tights off by MARCHING out of them? That was amazing!

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  3. Bernard GreenbergOctober 24, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Dear MM:

    As was your intent, I was seduced by your felicitous, as it were, advertising poster in the T and the very fact that I had no idea what it was I was in for — other than your costume allusion to a generic idea of “Cabaret”. I willfully refrained from querying the web to find out more, and let your act do the talking. The people next to me had no idea, either. Before you entered, I had already guessed that you would drop from the ceiling or enter from the back in confusion, etc., and for the first few minutes, I set myself up for a tiring comedy-pantomime, although you were not at all tiring to watch or listen to. Your presence is appropriately stunning.

    But as your material turned to the Cabarets of prewar Weimar and Paris, and Jacques Brel and your mini-cantata of Makkie Messer, Surabaya Jonny, and Seeräuber Jenny verses washed over my shores, I said, “Holy Cat Food; this is moby intellectual content. I wonder how many people in the audience ‘get it'”. I started to feel the dialectic of whether you were tributing the prewar world and its pleasure-dens, or sending them up, and gradually accustomed to the idea that you were playing your namesake character, a woman intellectually and emotionally immersed in this material, aswoon to it it while equally asea in the Weltschmerz which is its narrative. It surely raised for me the question of “Who is the real you?”, which twelve hours later led me to “Who is the real me?”, and whether I am just playing a character with the attitudes and attributes I choose to present.

    You mixture of media, traditions, and Lotte Lenya, Ute Lemper, Edith Piaf and other giants and modi of a complex culture on the verge of global war (as well as latter day divas who also venerate that tradition), the phenomenal literacy, and respect for literacy, especially linguistic literacy, and lofty artistic plane of the whole, as well as the contrapuntal interweaving of bawdiness and cabaret sexuality with the central existential issues posed, let alone the magnificent feat of inviting an audience to a total question-mark and engaging and keeping our interest and contemplation — this is no kitty-treat but a very
    Fancy Feast, as it were.

    Congrats. Toujours viele guten Miaoen.

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  4. Great show, amazing talent!

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  5. Monique TresslerOctober 25, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    I could not have predicted one minute of it. I was thoroughly entertained and surprised by each and every flirtatious, powerful, talented and shocking moment. The only regret is that it ended..and yet, what else could have happened? I guess I’ll have to wait for the next creation. Thank you for your courage. It did not go unnoticed. Forever your fanatic!!

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