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7/18/2014 8:12:00 AM
'Menopause' comedic play makes light of 'The Change'
Courtesy photoThe Blue Rose puts on “Menopause” 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday and July 25 and 26, with an early-bird performance at 6 p.m. July 24, and 2 p.m. matinees on July 19 and 26.
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The Blue Rose puts on “Menopause” 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday and July 25 and 26, with an early-bird performance at 6 p.m. July 24, and 2 p.m. matinees on July 19 and 26.
Karen Despain
Special to the Tribune

If there is anything humorous about menopause - "change of life," as some call it - it is bound to come up in "Menopause: The Musical," which opens tonight at the Blue Rose Heritage Culture Center in Prescott Valley.

The author of the play is Terry Earp, playwright, actress, director and producer, who is known for her historical plays, such as "Lark - A Cowboywoman's Ride," "Wyatt Earp," "Gentleman Doc Holliday," and "Doc Holliday's Woman."

This variation from her historical themes was prompted by her own experience, Earp said.

"You either cry or laugh when you go through it," she said "It's a matter of attitude."

Men, she said, experience their kind of menopause, too, and the play will also address this.

"It's silly," Earp said of her play, which she was able to write "pretty quickly." A woman who saw it came up to her after and thanked her, she said, "because after a horrible day, it was good to see the play and laugh."

The storyline surrounds a women's support group, Sisters in Sweat, which a man - Dewey - joins in order to help his wife. The wife's doctor has prescribed hormones and he finds her in the attic eating spiders, said Jody Drake, executive director of Blue Rose and director of the play. Miranda and Carol in the group are also being treated by this "bumbling doctor," Drake said.

Parker Anderson plays Dewey, whose wife is in the attic eating spiders. Kathy Derry as Sonya is a dedicated naturalist who hopes to find an herbal cure for menopause. Arlene Minuskin as Miranda is a woman easy to hate. Bob Wright is the doctor who knows nothing. Marsha Jensen as Charlean is "pure country." Norm Jensen plays Charlean's loving husband, and Madelyn Hendel plays Carol, an amorous, estrogen-driven manic.

"Menopause" plays at 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday and July 25 and 26, with an early-bird performance at 6 p.m. July 24, and 2 p.m. matinees on July 19 and 26. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling 928-227-2737. Blue Rose Heritage Cultural Center is located at 7200 2nd St.


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