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.
My favorite numbers included the absolutely universal What Did I Come In Here For?, He Got What He Deserved where three divorcees discuss their newfound happiness at a 30-year class reunion, and Turning Fifty which means being accepted into AARP. The cast makes the most of music that is not familiar and requires a lot of energy. A. Scott Williams, musical director, didn't miss a beat in his accompaniment at the piano.
Everyone will enjoy this hilarious and sometimes touching musical about the inevitability of middle-age. The audience related most to the second act which moves into later years. The bottom line is, “Getting older might stink, but it sure beats the alternative.” The show has a happy ending that focuses on my motto, and that is “Enjoy life to the fullest as long as you can.”