The title character in Mame is a wild, liberal, rich, eccentric, irresponsible, artistic type who when her brother dies and she becomes guardian to her young nephew. The musical, based on the book by Patrick Dennis, goes from the end of the 1920s to the Great Depression and beyond, as Mame does some growing up herself while struggling to keep Patrick from becoming an upper class snob. There's lots of singing and dancing in the show--with songs that may feel permanently fixed in your head--but it all comes down to the message. Auntie Mame declares, "Live! Life's a banquet and most poor sons of bitches are starving to death!" You'll be inspired to get out there and make sure you aren't one of the hungry ones. See Garland Summer Musicals' production of Mame at Granville Arts Center, 300 N. 5th St. in Garland. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays through July 26. Tickets are $19 to $22. Call 972-205-2780.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2:30 p.m. Starts: July 17. Continues through July 26, 2009