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Menopause The Musical -- EXTENDED
a Musical Comedy
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA MUSICAL


COMPANY : Non-Atlanta Equity Theater Company
VENUE : 14th Street Playhouse [WEBSITE]
ID# 1627

SHOWING : July 14, 2005 - January 27, 2007

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION



Menopause the Musical : Four women at a lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black-lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! Written by Jennie Linders, Menopause the Musical” is a joyful parody set too 26 baby –boomer songs from “Puff, My God I’m Dragging” to the disco favorites “Stayin’ Awake”, “Stayin” Awake will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! It’s defiantly not “The Silent Passage”.

“Menopause the Musical” is celebrating our one year anniversary in Atlanta on Thursday, May 25 at 8 pm with cake and drawings for special gifts and prizes for the audience courtesy of Bloomingdale’s, Avon, Spa Sydell, the Wyndham Hotel and our restaurant partners.

To reserve tickets, please call (404) 733-4738. The show performs Thurs and Fri at 8 pm, Sat at 4 pm and 8 pm, and Sun at 2 pm and 5 pm at the 14th Street Playhouse in Midtown.


CAST & CREW LIST
Earth Mother Ingrid Cole
Power Woman Denitra Isler
Iowa Housewife Mary Kathryn Kaye
Soap Star Lynna Schmidt
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REVIEWS

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Beige! I Think I’ll Paint the Ceiling Beige!
by Dedalus
Friday, October 6, 2006
1.0
I don’t get it. I’ll freely admit that I simply do not understand the popularity of “Menopause – The Musical.” I sat in the theatre with my lovely (and pre-Menopausal) spouse, silent as a bevy of women (of a certain age) shrieked with hilarity at what they were obviously considering the funniest thing Microwaved Sushi. We sat silently, wondering if the parodies could possibly get lamer, if the jokes could possibly get less funny, if the mugging from the four (admittedly fine) singers could get any bigger. Then along comes what seems like the 20th reprise of “I’m Havin’ a Hot Flash.” Is there a container small enough for my joy?

And yet, it cannot be denied that most of the audience was having the time of their lives. Why were we left out in the cold? It can’t be as simple as the fact that I’m male (also of a certain age) – my wife disliked this play as much as I did. And, looking around at the audience (something I spent more time than usual doing), it was obvious we weren’t the only ones with frowns and watch-glancing looks. We were just a very small minority.

Let’s start with expectations. We knew this was a lighter-than-air revue featuring sketches about Menopause and Parodies of ‘50’s and ‘60’s Popular Hits (I guess that saves the producers from paying any royalties to people with actual writing talent). We were expecting a pleasant diversion, along the lines of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” or “Forbidden Broadway.” What we saw was a ninety-minute long compendium of songs sung by four talented singers – certainly, nothing wrong with that! But, the lyrics were really forced (“Puff, My Ass is Draggin’” or “I’m not Babe, Mom” or “Stayin’ Awake! Stayin’ Awake” are actually better examples). The characters were as shallow as a two-word description in the program (no names, back history that seemed tacked on, and little variety). All four singers mugged shamelessly, with a repertory of about one facial expression among them all, exaggerated to be seen by last row in a big theater (something that can be rationalized by the Production’s recent move from the 14th Street Main Stage to its smaller Stage 2). There was little dialogue between the songs, and what was there was totally forgettable.

And yet, it cannot be denied that most of the audience was having the time of their lives.

As to the premise, is it me, or does Menopause have a limited range of aspects? Once you get past Hot Flashes and Mood Swings, you’re left with very little that’s unique to the condition. Oh, the writers added a bunch of stuff that’s common to anyone aging regardless of gender or condition (Mothers, Sleeplessness, Bathroom Hysteria, Routine Sex), but, in spite of the “empowerment” ending, the show offers little to give anyone a reason to celebrate. It’s may be about “empowerment,” but how effective is that message when all four “characters” are remarkably alike, show no conflict with each other, and aren’t even empowered enough to have names? And shamelessly, the singers pull all the women in the audience on stage to help them with their YMCA-Parody finale, appallingly even browbeating and physically dragging those who had no interest in helping them save this show. How empowering is it to be denied the chance to say “I hate this show and I don’t want to dance with you!”?

And yet, it cannot be denied that most of the audience was having the time of their lives.

I think that’s what makes me most depressed – companies doing quality work are struggling to keep afloat, while this depressingly bad show goes on and on and on. I needed something light, because of all the dark shows that I’ve seen lately. But he old truism is now ingrained in my head – Good Theatre (no matter how dark) is never depressing and Bad Theatre (No matter how “Frothy”) is always depressing. The only laugh I had all evening was when my wife whispered into my ear the line I used as my title here (for those who don’t know, it’s what goes through the mind of a wife of a certain age as her husband tries to do his nightly duty). Considering how much we had to pay for our tickets for this, the metaphor is especially apt.

-- Brad Rudy (BKRudy@aol.com)


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Well said by EricMc
I felt the exact same way about this show. It reminded me of *shudder* "Peachtree Battle."

What gives?
Respectfully disagree by Sweet Babboo
Okay, as much as I really, REALLY hated Menopause" (By the end I kept hoping that the ladies would take a hint from "Bug" and set themselves on fire. Talk about a hot flash!), I thought at least "Peachtree Battle" was fun (albeit cheesey) and entertaining. It's not great theatre but, heck, it at least tries to have a sense of plot. "Menopause" just seemed like a bad SNL skit that dragged on for 90 excrutiating minutes and wouldn't die.
Another Ceiling, Another Paint Job by Dedalus
I've gotten permission to share the following E-Mail I received after posting my review:


Subject: Menopause review
Date: 10/8/2006 4:04:08 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Reply To:
To: BKRudy@aol.com



Sorry, I don't have an account on TR or I would have responded there.)

THANK GOD for your review!!! I was so afraid that there was something seriously wrong with me for HATING this show. Let me begin by stating that I am a 45 year old female. I should "get" this show. However, I have a degree in theater, more than an ounce of taste and an extremely abnormal fear of The Red Hat club. My experience (along with two other local performers) began with a small panic attack in the lobby as we realized 90% of the theater had been purchased by several Red Hat Societies on an afternoon outing. (Oh yes, they were all dressed out as well. But I will save that story for therapy.)

The show had only been open for eight weeks, so I will give the four performers the benefit of the doubt concerning their abilities. Two really shone vocally, two suffered; the acting was consistently questionable. The story was non-existent, the re-writing of the tunes amateurish, the blocking incredibly boring (how many songs can you stage in a straight line???), on and on. It was the most painful theater experience my friends and I have encountered. And it was probably made more so given the fact that everyone else in the theater was having a grand time!

And it continues to run. (I believe it is being moved downstairs to stage two, however, where the over-mugging could become deadly in the smaller setting.)

There is so much talent in Atlanta and so many fabulous theater companies playing shows to audiences of 12 to 20 on some nights, it hardly makes sense that Menopause plays to full houses. The silver lining to this would be that people (okay, middle aged women from outside the perimeter) are coming intown to a theatrical production. How do we as a theater community harness that and keep them coming to see other productions?

I agree . . . I will take the nightmares that follow a brilliant production of "Pillowman" ANY DAY over having to endure the living nightmare of Menopause.

Thank you again for your affirmation of my sanity!

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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Okay, we've been dumping on this play all week. There has to be someone out there who will come to its rescue. I mean, the pool of Female Audience Members (of a certain age) must be too limited to account for its success. There must be loads of you who really enjoyed it. PLEASE, just to save my sanity, tell me what me and all the other venters just "Don't Get!" Believe it or not, I do NOT like writing negative stuff, and I hope what I write will inspire all of you "Defenders of MTM" who see this show week after week.

Brad

brad by feather
i like menopause alot. but i guess you dont watch too much tv. i love tv, and iu think the tv crowd loves menopause. which is good cause they are going to see theater. i dont think its the tipical tv crowd. so its a good thing. new people are comeing to see theater. and if they like theater, they will see more theater. thats a good thing becaquse the market fcvor theater groews. so even the theaters yoiu campion who are struggling will benefit because down the road audiences for theater will grow rather than shrink. my opinon.
spelling by feather
sorry this keyboard at school is so small its hard to type. im not really bad at typing.
A True Rite of Passage
by sbowron
Sunday, August 6, 2006
5.0
Men really don't get it - in fact, if they're in the audience at Menopause the Musical, they're an endangered species. Non-stop laughs, great empowerment for women of a "certain age," and all the true life experiences rolled into an hour and a half. If you haven't seen it - go! And take a friend. You'll regret missing this rite of passage. The women even take over the men's room after the play. Now THAT's an attitude! [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
"Take a friend"? by zimexlady
No friend of mine would understand any line of this badly written show. Four whining women repeatedly beating themselves up over hot flashes? Go, do something about it and shut up. I never felt so unfeminine in my life......90 uncomfortable minutes of merciless boredom.
Some Men Do Get It by Bill Mann
As a man I can only say that I loved it. I have lived through menopause and this show is right on. I have long believed that I can only laugh at someone else if I can be laughed at also. The few shows that are remaining are probably sold out but if you can get a ticket DO IT!
Bill Mann


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