Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Menopause the Musical, Nov 5, 2008 ***

Menopause The Musical
By Jeanie Linders, HIT Productions
Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, Nov 5 to 9, 2008

Reviewer: Kate Herbert


Menopause The Musical, written by Jeanie Linders, is back with its jokes about hot flushes, night sweats and bad moods. This is “identification theatre” in the extreme. 

Four actor-singers of a certain age play diverse characters who meet in a battle over underwear on a sale table. There is the corporate executive, a hippy farmer, a mousy country housewife and an insecure, ageing television soap star.

They sing classic songs from the 60s and 70s with new lyrics that reflect the horrors of menopause and the irrepressible of spirit of these women. Chain Chain Chain is retitled Change of Life, I Will Survive becomes I Am Awake, I’m Having A Hot Flush is sung to Heat Wave and Pills is a song about anti-depressants – “I love them so, I always will”.

By Kate Herbert

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