Are Hot Flashes Revelations To Men?

The show winding up this weekend at the Circle Theatre is called Hot Flashes: Revelations of the Dangerous Age, but one of these days men won’t find such scenes so eye-opening. Not if they’ve encountered this one as well as Menopause: the Musical and The Vagina Monologues.
Director Roxanne Wach, who also directed The V Monologues, calls Hot Flashes “another vignette show,” done with as few as two cast members and as many as 20. She works with four, including three who performed in the same production six years ago for Broadstreet Theatre.


But that was in the much larger Bellevue Little Theater, an old movie house, where most of the audience was women. “It’s closer to half men now,” Wach notes.
 

Barb Ross suggested revisiting the play in this smaller venue below the sanctuary of the Central Presbyterian Church. So she returns to the cast along with Kay Clark and Sherry Josland Fletcher from the Broadstreet cast. They’re joined by Stephanie Anderson, “a great addition,” the director says.


The women play different characters in every scene. Wach cut one long scene that requires five players, and without an intermission the play runs 85 to 90 minutes, depending on the laughter.


It opens with Woman 1 asking, “Does it seem hot in here?” Woman 2 replies, “When doesn’t it seem hot?” They notice that even the men look warm and wonder, “Do you suppose it’s contagious?”


Instead, they decide the men might simply be suggestible because, “After all, the show is called HOT FLASHES.”


While playwrights Dori Appel and Carolyn Myers, who wrote the material to be performed by themselves, deal with plenty of menopause symptoms, “They include a lot of stuff that’s universal to aging,” Wach says, such as extended hunting for eye glasses or arms too short for reading. And they touch subjects “people don’t talk about much.”


The director likes to work puppets into plays and she didn’t have to ad-lib them since they’re included in the script. Well, she did add some baby puppets she had handy.


“I know the playwrights,” Roxanne explains, so there’s no problem improvising.


The run closes with 8 p.m. performances at 726 S. 55th St. on Thursday-Saturday and a 2 p.m. finale on Sunday. Show only tickets are $13, $10 for seniors, children and military. Dinner is served an hour earlier for an additional $10.
Call 402.553.4715 or visit dlmarr@cox.net for reservations.

posted at 11:47 pm
on Sunday, July 24th, 2011

COMMENTS

(We're testing Disqus commenting (finally!); please let us know if you have trouble.)

comments powered by Disqus

 

« Previous Page


Playhouse’s Alternative Programming Expanding

The Omaha Community Playhouse announced it’s latest offerings of alternative programming with some notable expansions. Returning for another year are the ‘21 & Over’ staged reading series, ‘The Play...

more »


Business Suits and Raves

            The unique design of Enron by Lucy Prebble at the Omaha Community Playhouse blends the worlds of Realism and Absurdism. In one moment, the show is meticulously dissecting the ins and outs...

more »


‘Les Miz’ Dominates TAG Awards

The night belonged to Les Miserables at the 47th Annual Theatre Arts Guild Awards, honoring the past season’s outstanding accomplishments in Omaha area theatre. The winner for Best Musical, Les Miz...

more »


Director Thompson Talks About “Abby”

            The Shelterbelt Theatre’s latest production entitled Abby in the Summer by A.P. Andrews is going into its final two weekends. Director Beth Thompson took some time to answer some...

more »


TAG Nominations Highlight This Year’s Best Efforts

            Last week, I had the pleasure of announcing the nominations for the 47th Annual Theatre Arts Guild Awards accompanied by my partner in crime Ablan Robin. It was a great chance for members...

more »







Advanced Search