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Have Some Fun With Classic Songs at Menopause the Musical

Thursday, Dec. 15-Friday, Dec. 16

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Humans fear change. Women especially fear it in the form of "the change," which is our mothers' and grandmothers' euphemism for the biological warfare known as menopause. When it can't avoid talking about the "silent passage," pop culture makes jabs at menopausal women. Menopause The Musical In Concert jabs right back with retooled popular music and cracks about what women go through at midlife.

Menopause The Musical In Concert presents all the jokes and songs from the original production in touring concert format rather than a play. The numbers parody popular music from the 1960s, '70s and '80s and become odes to womanhood (and the sufferings associated with it).

The women in Menopause endure the common symptoms of changing hormones, mood swings, insomnia and food cravings. They tackle hot flashes in "I'm Flashin'" ("I'm Sorry"), weight gain in "My Thighs ("My Guy"), and relationships with their aging mothers in "I'm No Babe, Ma" ("I Got You Babe"). They even take on more adult subjects in "Good Vibrations," but the show strives to be entertaining without being raunchy.

The play chooses archetypes rather than real characters. Menopause focuses on a Midwestern housewife, a professional woman, a hippie "Earth mother" and a fading soap opera star. None of them have names, which lends itself well to the concert format. You don't have to know the show to enjoy the music and laugh.

You don't even have to be a woman of a certain age, although admittedly the jokes are funnier to the over-50 set (and mostly funny to the under-50s as a flash forward—pun intended).