Menopause – the Musical – Review by Bonnie Goldberg

Women of a certain age know that changes are coming and it’s ready or not for they are unavoidable. This sisterhood of female sorority would probably vote the problem out the door if they had the collective power to do so, but some things are inevitable. To help you weather the storm that is brewing, or help you deal with your present, ever present, ailments, the cure might well be to head immediately to Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven for a healthy dose of Jeanie Linders “Menopause the Musical.” Until Sunday, July 1, this may be the best prescription the doctor ever ordered.

If you have ever experienced hot flashes, night sweats, memory loss, water retention, insomnia, all referred to as “the change,” then you are ready to go on a journey of discovery when the absurd and ridiculous bodily functions that attack women over the age of Jack Benny’s perpetual birthday start happening.

Power business woman Michelle E. White, Soap Star Cherie Price, Earth Mother Roberta B. Wall and Iowa Housewife Karen Gedissman have a hoot and a holler when they accidentally collide at a Bloomingdale’s lingerie sale one fateful afternoon. The four bond like Elmer’s Glue as they roam through the store’s floors singing and dancing about “Change, Change, Change” and your body’s hard to ignore signs like “Tropical Hot Flashes” that make you want to move into your freezer and “New Attitude” and the coping skills needed to survive.

The quartet of power packed ladies has a great time and so does the audience of energized woman and you-can-count-on -one-hand brave men. More than two dozen old favorites are treated to new lyrics in this ninety minute intermissionless delight.

For tickets ($50.50 and up) call Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Drive, New Haven at 203-787-4282 . Performances are Tuesday at 7 p.m., Wednesday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., , Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Grab a girlfriend or three, a mother or a daughter, and boogie on over to a phenomenon in the making and stuff all your chocolate cravings, swollen ankles and estrogen anxieties in one big brown bag and bring it with you.

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