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.

Writers Bob and Jim Walton first presented “Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical” as part of the prestigious annual, New York Theatre Festival where new musicals are work shopped and premiered for possible future production. This one premiered in 2006 at Chanhassen Dinner Theaters in Minnesota where it is still playing.

The fine cast consists of three men — Seth Abrams, Craig Davis and Andy Kopec — and three women — Francesca Amari, Jennie Hollander-Carosiello and Patti McClure — all of them running on a high energy cocktail of Geritol, Gingko–Biloba, and Viagra. …Not unlike the daffy songs and comic sketches seen on “Saturday Night Live,” everything about growing older is tackled and nothing is sacred in this wacky musical, everything is up for grabs, gets its guffaws and has the audience rolling in the aisles.

So, whether you’ve started to suffer from CRS, noticed your hair going gray, are developing fuzzy thinking and keep repeating yourself, if you’re suffering from constipation, nearsightedness and developing a double chin as well as a paunch, or you’re discovering you have more hair in your nose and ears than on your head and have started switching to the History Channel and C–Span instead of MTV, you might be in what is known as… Ta-Dah! …“the mid life crisis,” and this just might be the madcap musical for you.

There are some tender moments in the show sandwiched between the outrageously funny stuff. One that stood out for me was the cast doing a poignant number about senior parents playing the end game of life, slipping away a little more each day as their grown children bid the long goodbye. But the humorous stuff bubbles right to the top again to send us merrily into the night. After all, life happens anyway and we might as well have a good time enjoying ourselves by viewing, “Mid–Life! The Crisis Musical”now playing at The Off Broadway Palm. Slip on your glasses, put in your teeth, comb those few gray locks left on your head, suck in your gut, grab a couple of old buddies and have a heck of a good time seeing this far-out musical. Start the ball rolling by phoning the Broadway Palm’s Box Office at 278-4422. Do it now ’cause tickets are going fast. When you call remind ’em Marsha sent you!

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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