Center Stage: ‘Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical’ is a tour-de-farce

By MARSHA WAGNER

Small wonder that due to the rave reviews and SRO audiences at the Off Broadway Palm Dinner Theater’s “Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical” has extended its run to May 19. This show is a merry romp through the hot flashes, trials, tribulations and oddities of middle age as it pokes fun at all of the above as well as tickling the funny bone. Heaven knows, we all will go through this weird life experience as we slipslide toward the senior citizen stage; and this musical, tour-de-farce humor sets us up to go laughing all the way down the tube.

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On the Stage: Off Broadway Palm production makes a mid-life crisis fun

By Jamie Carmichael
Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Who knew crisis could be fun, especially of the mid–life variety? That is definitely the case with the latest production in the Off Broadway Palm Theatre, MID-LIFE! The Crisis Musical. This is the second offering of the season for The Broadway Palm’s more intimate second space. This musical comedy dealing with the mania and malaise of life in middle age plays through March 31 in Ft. Myers.

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'Mid-life! The Crisis Musical' hilarious, sometimes poignant

By Drew Sterwald
Originally posted on February 05, 2007

"What did I come in here for?" sang a middle-aged man as the second act of "Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical" began.

Commiserating laughter rippled through the Off Broadway Palm Theatre. Playgoers could relate.

There are more such moments in this ribald, rapid-fire revue, in which Bob and Jim Walton's clever lyrics explore the comical, humiliating and occasionally poignant effects of being over the hill.

From a "singing mammogram" to a prostate-exam lament, "Mid-Life!" offers refreshingly frank and irreverent observations instead of tired old Geritol jokes.

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BDT's fresh 'Mid-Life' musical delivers big laughs

By Mark Collins Camera Theater Critic
Friday, September 14, 2007

Is hair disappearing from your head, but growing in your ears? Have trouble remembering exactly why you got up and walked from the living room to the kitchen? Has your quest to find a mate gone into overdrive because you're afraid your uterus is going to turn into a pumpkin by your next birthday?

The folks at Boulder's Dinner Theatre are serving up a cure for what ails us mid-lifers: giggles as appetizers, laughter garnished with guffaws as the main course, and belly laughs for dessert.

It's a temporary fix, for sure, but the platefuls of laughter in BDT's "Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical" are sure to cool your hot flashes and make you feel 20 pounds lighter. This is a truly funny show.

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A Regional Premier At The Off Broadway Palm

by Di Saggau

Three men and three women make up the cast of the wacky musical Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical now playing at the Off Broadway Palm Theatre. The show takes a comic look at the age-old conditions and situations faced in mid-life. The cast is rock solid, featuring funny performances and quality singing from all six performers, Seth Abrahms, Franceseca Amari, Craig Davis, Jennie Hollander-Carosiello, Andy Kopec and Patti McClure.

From reading glasses and mammograms to weekend warriors and proctology exams - all are lampooned with a Saturday Night Live flavor. The show begins with Turning Forty. Considering the age of the audience, most had to reach back in time to remember the feeling. There were skits about a woman racing to beat her biological clock, dealing with an empty nest, invasive medical procedures, finding that the person you've shared the last few decades with isn't quite the same anymore, caring for aging parents and the side effects of prescription drugs.

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Jokes That Never Get Old

by Skylar Kangas

The Chanhassen Dinner Theatre personifies and pokes fun at mid-life maladies in their latest production, Mid-Life, A Crisis Musical.

Reality hits hard during middle age, which is a period of time associated with several unsavory rites of passage: menopause, thinning hair, loss of hearing, wrinkled skin, arthritis, weight gain, and the occasional loss of sexual drive. The Chanhassen Dinner Theatre personifies and pokes fun at all of these mid-life maladies in their latest production, Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical.

The show looks to provide insight and explanation into that sacred juncture in one’s life where red convertibles and reading glasses are accompanied by divorce papers and proctology exams. With the cast, writers, and director all hovering around middle age themselves, the realities of mid-life are reflected as something other than depression and grey hair; comic relief took center stage, poking and prodding at the lighter side of what is often seen as a sensitive subject.

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Ravages Of Time Put To Music

By Damien Jaques

‘Mid-Life!’ takes comic look at getting older

It's an axiom in theater that the audience likes to see itself on stage. Relating to the characters and their story is a prime component of a satisfying night in the theater. With that in mind, “Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical” has won half the battle with its title alone. Absent a plot, the show is actually a comic musical revue that contains 22 original song-based skits connected by the slender but strong strand of a single truth. Middle age is the daily reminder that you are getting old.

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MID-LIFE! Audio

WELCOME TO MID-LIFE
BIOLOGICAL CLOCK
WEEKEND WARRIORS
A TRIP TO THE DOCTOR
HE GOT WHAT HE DESERVES
WHAT DID I COME IN HERE FOR?
ANOTHER TRIP TO THE DOCTOR
CLASSICAL MENOPAUSE
I’M NOT READY
FINALE