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Before You Were Alive  
Illusion Theater Before You Were Alive
 
Some years ago I began mothering a little boy who had lost his mother. Both of our lives were dramatically altered. He was hungry for mother love, and I - an up-to-then single artist - inherited a family that both demanded my focus and augmented my life experience in new ways. I began taking notes and recording my unfolding feelings and experiences of being a new, full-time parent riding the wake of a child's loss. Here are some of those experiences.
   
Menopause The Musical  
Pantages Theatre Menopause The Musical
 
Come join our sisterhood! Four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common but a black lace bra... and memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more. This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the '60s, '70s and '80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles. See what more than 15 million women and fans worldwide have been laughing about for 18 years. It's the hilarious celebration of women and "The Change."
   
Pipeline  
Penumbra Theatre Pipeline
 
In Dominique Morisseau's Pipeline, Omari is caught between two worlds. Raised in the city, he attends a private college preparatory school upstate, far from his roots and his family. His mother, Nya, is walking a tightrope: send him away and risk the dangers of discrimination, or keep him near and tempt the trouble waiting on the block. After a run in with a white teacher, the halls of his elite school turn out to be as unsafe as the city's streets. A searing story of a mother trying to protect her young son from a world that can't see the little boy she loves.
   
Ride The Cyclone  
Jungle Theatre Ride The Cyclone
 
In this hilarious and outlandish story, the lives of six teenagers from a Canadian chamber choir are cut short in a freak accident aboard a roller coaster. When they awake in limbo, the Amazing Karnak, a mechanical fortune teller (Jim Lichtscheidl, Small Mouth Sounds, Little Women), invites each to tell the story of a life interrupted-with the promise of a prize like no other-a chance for one of them to return to life.
   
The Rocky Horror Show  
Park Square Theatre The Rocky Horror Show
 
In the campy, audaciously sexy story, na´ve sweethearts Brad and Janet get a flat tire during a storm and seek shelter at the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a "sweet transvestite from transsexual Transylvania." As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters. Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest scientific creation: a muscular man named "Rocky."
   
Young(ish) at Heart  
Ames Center Young(ish) at Heart
 
The Looney Lutherans are a trio of wacky gals who use music, comedy, and help from the audience to share their tips for aging humorously in Young(ish) at Heart. This interactive comedy event includes the game show What's in Your Lunch Box? (hosted by your favorite luncheon meat); musical advice for dealing with those aches and pains; and creative tips for keeping fit, because Jello isn't the only thing that jiggles. Material is comedic and family friendly, and you don't have to be Lutheran to love it! Getting older may be a "pain in the neck", but laughter is good medicine. Celebrate being Young(ish) at Heart with the Looney Lutherans.