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Hilarious and Relatable Menopause The Musical

We were guests of the venue at the Laguna Beach Playhouse.

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Menopause The Musical is a groundbreaking celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived “The Change.” Now celebrating 15 years of female empowerment, the grassroots movement of women who deal with life’s adjustments in an open fun forum has returned to Laguna Beach.

The musical comedy is here for a two-week return special engagement! Last curtain call is scheduled on September 11th. Performances are Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 7:30 pm at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. Tickets start at $60.00

All women eventually walk the plank of “unknown territory” of menopause at some time or another in their life. It greets us as early as age thirty and definitely lets us know of its formidable presence in our forties and fifties.

In my thirties, I was happy to accept the word and phase “peri­menopause” because it sounded as if it were preparing me for a new welcomed change and I would handle it with grace and ease. But as it reared its head and hit me in my late forties, it felt as if I was left floating on a lifeboat, stuck drifting with only one of the two paddles I was used to using.

As you know, our ovaries start to produce less and less estrogen and your perky reproductive system, ain’t quite so perky anymore! Out of the blue, WHAM, it hits you with a decision­based fork in the road. To the right of the fork, you are faced with Menopause acceptance and laughter. Embracing all symptoms of discomfort and unabashedly laughing at them and to the left fork in the road, you are faced with the dreaded denial of “I’ll never let them see me sweat and NO way, I’m not going through menopause!” Both paths we have all tried, and it’s so refreshing to see this musical addressing the laughter and acceptance side.

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Menopause, The Musical had everyone in the audience in stitches! The talented actors portrayed the characters from a career­ oriented business woman to a Hippy Yoga Mom who stops in the middle of her sentences to find her Zen moment, played brilliantly by Linda Boston and Megan Cavanagh.

The musical takes place in a Department Store, where four ladies meet by chance while shopping for a black lace bra at a lingerie sale. After noticing unmistakable similarities among one another, the all-female cast jokes about their woeful hot flashes, mood swings, wrinkles and weight gain!

I do NOT advise you to see this comedy if you are easily offended by grossly exaggerated, raunchy humor because I feel the intention of the playwright Jeanie Linders was to get the audience to laugh, let go and walk away happy.

These four women in the musical form a sisterhood that is unlike any other, all rejoicing together as if to help us all celebrate the relentless hard work of menopause. The musical song adaptations are a riot, using baby boomer era melodies such as “I’m having a hot flash, a tropical hot flash,” sung to the tune of Heat Wave. And The Love Song, Only YOU, turns “Wishing and Hoping to Drippin and Droppin!” My personal favorite song adaptation was California Girls, “Wish we all can be sane and normal girls!” (too bad my husband couldn’t be there to witness that line!)

Menopause is a topic that nobody wants to address publically. GFour Productions and Jeannie Linder’s musical helps to empower women by sharing the brilliant script of follies and faux pas’ juxtaposition with taking personal accountability for our mood indifferences and moving on.

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I observed a couple of women leaving the theatre saying, “Boy, they really covered everything there is to know about Menopause! Another woman said, “I found it hysterically funny when Tina Turner graced the stage coming out singing, “What’s Love got to DO with it?”

What better way to embrace this inevitable change in life than to laugh about it and gather a repertoire of witty, fun melodies. It helps validate the reasons why we have to go through this change.

It’s the perfect ‘night out’ with a group of girlfriends who love to laugh especially about things in life we have NO control over. I laughed so hard …at the adeptly funny ways, the cast performed their roles facing the many blundering pitfalls of menopause. It should no longer be considered a silent embarrassing passage of age but a red carpeted, deserving “sweat badge” of honor!

Menopause, the Musical, now in its fifteenth year of production, is recognized as the longest­running scripted production in Las Vegas and has entertained audiences across the country in more than 450 U.S. cities and a total of 15 countries. Nobody wants to talk about menopause but heck, this musical comedy kills any trepidation about talking openly about the facts. My Mom always used to say, If you can’t beat the change, you may as well join ‘em.

Yes, there might just be some joining in and dancing in the aisles. It’s wonderfully, ridiculously relatable comedy helped me wrap my head around this change. I left the theatre happy.

For more information on all shows and programming visit w ww.lagunaplayhouse.com Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. Peace out!

Colleen Shissler is a native of Southern California, a tenured 22 year primary educator, and a proud mom of two wonderful children. She’s married to a loving husband (a City Director of Laguna Beach). Colleen enjoys volleyball, expressing her inner artist, good wine with good friends, dog walks around the lake, and spending time with her large family in Monterey.

Photos are courtesy of the Laguna Playhouse

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