Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical
January 15 - January 31, 2010
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After looking for love in "all the fun places" with last season's production of I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE, Sunset serves up the next stage of musical fun with MID-LIFE! THE CRISIS MUSICAL. This time it's a musical comedy look at the joys of middle-age and dealing with gravity and gray hair. Everyone needs to get older, but this clever musical montage full of humor and heart proves that it sure can be fun.
Plus, new this season, join us for Kroupa's Fish Fry Friday in our Studio Theater prior to our final Friday performance during the run of MID-LIFE! THE CRISIS MUSICAL! Elm Grove's own Kroupa's Family Cafe and Catering serves up a delicious fish fry for an affordable price, and The Playhouse finishes off your night with a super show! It's a great night of dining and entertainment that won't break the bank. (Call our Box Office at (262)782-4430 to reserve your spot for Fish Fry Friday today!)
Review from Shepherd Express (written by Harry Cherkenian)
This review appeared on-line at expressmilwaukee.com (http://www.expressmilwaukee.com/article-9632-sunset-playhouse-pok.html) on January 25, 2010. Ah, midlife: There’s the forgetting of the car keys, repeating one’s self, trips to the doctor, repeating one’s self, adult children back living at home, repeating one’s self… And then there’s Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical, which pokes fun at the onset of middle age and all its accompanying challenges. Within an hour and 50 minutes of musical vignettes, Sunset Playhouse covers all the recognizable signs, from the ticking of the female biological clock to the onset of male balding. It’s all in good fun, with some serious undertones. And, for the most part, it works. Brothers Bob and Jim Walton wrote the book and lyrics that hit middle-agers smack dab in the soft underbelly of familiarity with numbers like the humorous “Side Effects,” which lists the never-ending potential results of taking medication, and “Weekend Warriors,” where a trio of men tries to whoop it up on the basketball court—until the wives call, that is. Game over, guys. Some numbers work extremely well, like the hilarious “Classical Menopause” (men will laugh while their female companions glare at them for laughing) and “Empty Nest,” which rings all too true for many who have out-of-work children at home—along with partners and grandchildren. On the silly side is “Boys’ Night In,” with men getting a form of Botox. But Mid-Life! nicely balances all the humor late in the show with the touching “The Long Goodbye,” which details three adult children watching their parents in the park on a “play date” as the children deal with their parents’ infirmities. The ensemble—Mary C. DeBattista, Patti Anne Hachmeister, Paula Garcia, James A. Skiba, Glenn Villa and J.W. Anderson— handles the duties well under Mark Salentine’s direction. For those who have yet to attain middle age, Mid-Life! can give you a sample of what lies in store—the funny parts, at least.
Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical
Having just returned from a wonderful evening of entertainment at Sunset, I feel the need to compliment the entire production team, cast and crew for a hilarious night of fun. It was nearly a sold out performance and the laughs were continuous. I particularly enjoyed the Weekend Warriors and Mammogram scenes. The casting was right on, with each actor portraying their character to their absolute mid-life best! I happen to be in the mid-life category myself, and found many identifying moments throughout the play. The vignettes are universal. Kudos, on this selection. I think this one will be packing them in until it closes.
Mary C. DeBattista (Woman #1)
Patti Anne Hachmeister (Woman #2)
Paula Garcia (Woman #3)
James A. Skiba (Man #1)
Glenn Villa (Man #2)
J.W. Anderson (Man #3)
Stage Director...Mark Salentine
Music Director...Donna Kummer
Choreographer...Melissa I. Bloch-Meier
Set Designer/Technical Director...J. Michael Desper
Lighting Designer...Marty Wallner
Lighting Assistant...Matt Carr
Costume Coordinator...Pat Boeck
Costume Assistants...Sovannra Yos, The Cast
Wig Stylist...Anthony Mackie
Properties Coordinators...Beth Bland, Brenda Gravelle
Sound Engineer...Jan Pritzl
Stage Managers...Tim Crowley, Mary M. Rodgers