Mother’s Day weekend would not have been complete without the Doris Dear Mother’s Day Special: Like Mother, Like Daughter. The show stared Ray DeForest as Doris Dear, The Perfect American Housewife; with special guests Lina Koutrakos, Meg Flather, Shaynee Rainbolt, and Stacy Sullivan. Musical Director Rick Jensen accompanied by bassist Tom Hubbard. Feinstein’s/54 Below once again hosted this cabaret/variety show, and once again Doris Dear delivered.
Doris takes us on a journey through the 1950s and 1960s with some helpful tips from Better Homes and Gardens. This great American housewife transformed into a one woman cabaret of performances and helpful tips for any good mom, Doris Dear is a breath of fresh air with her ideas on what a good wife should be. Refreshing, exciting, and tearful are words that describe Doris’s stories of her mother Taffy and father Duke. The smoked filled Rumpus Room has never looked so good. Pass me another Whiskey Sour and hold on tight.
Doris was in the rumpus room for a one night only event where she celebrated her mother Taffy and other mothers along with her special guests. It was a personal and poignant celebration of Taffy, her mother, and mother’s everywhere. Numbers like “Just a Housewife,” and “Becoming My Mother” brought smiles as well as tears from the crowd that packed the rumpus room. Doris’ guests shared stories about their moms and then burst out in song to tell the stories of how mother’s affect each of us. Doris finished her show by playing a recording of a conversation she had with her mother days before she passed away from Alzheimer’s Disease. This was followed by a tearful, gut wrenching rendition of “Mama A Rainbow” for which she received a standing ovation. Doris Dear once again shows us the she is the Greatest American Housewife.