The Songbird of Paris, Edith Piaf: One-Woman Show at The Cabaret at The Marsh Berkeley
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More than 35 years ago, Michael Bossier founded a comedy troupe called "Spaghetti Jam," bringing together stand-up acts and improv pros for the first time, with all-star alums that included Dana Carvey, Robin Williams and Whoopi Goldberg. Now, Bossier is back with Marsh Jam, a brand-new troupe that uses the same formula of the prior group and sprinkles in a bit of sketch comedy based on current events, along with cool local music acts. With the intimate setting of the cabaret, you'll get to be up close as these gifted comics make immediate, tailor-made theater. Learn More
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Tremendous insights into the life and times of Edith Piaf. Well-written and performed, although the timing in the opening duo section needs to be relaxed and the background noise in the Bar - although authentic - needs to be tamed.
This play has a running time of one hour, with no intermission. It is recommended for audiences ages 13 and over.
"Joni Takanikos gives a simple, truthful performance as "Le Mome Piaf" (The Little Sparrow) telling Piaf's unique story of hardship, fame, art and love. The play is elegantly written by Martha Furey, and features several of Piaf's songs soulfully sung a capella.”
- South Whidbey Record
The Marsh Berkeley is proud to present "The Songbird of Paris, Edith Piaf," a one-act play written by Martha Furey.
Edith Piaf, the iconic French singer, sits on a park bench in Belleville, the working class neighborhood of her impoverished childhood, wrapped in a blanket against the cold. Knowing she is nearing the end of her life, she shares her vast triumphs and hair-raising tragedies with us the audience, as though we represent the ghosts of her past. It’s a wild ride, a final reckoning: funny, romantic, raw, passionate, sensual. Her famously heart-rending songs are performed a cappella, an evocation of the young Piaf busking on the streets of her beloved Paris.
Playwright Martha Furey is known for capturing the essence and depth of some of the world's most engaging and compelling women (Emily Dickinson, Frida Kahlo) in her nine one-woman plays. She wrote “Songbird” specifically for Takanikos, a singer-songwriter who lives on Whidbey Island, near Seattle, where the two met over 20 years ago.