mid-life

The cast of "Mid-life2 (The Crisis Continues)" at the Dutch Apple through Feb. 14

Age spots. Losing your hearing.  Forgetting stuff. Cataracts. Arthritis.

None of these things are funny, but as you hit mid-life and they all become a reality  you’ve got to laugh or you’ll cry.  Thank goodness losing  your sense of humor is not part of growing older!

“Mid-Life 2! (The Crisis Continues),” now playing at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, has a wry sense of humor about the aging process and a game cast of six working hard to make you laugh.

And laugh you will.

If you are of a certain age — I’m talking to you Baby Boomers — you know about looking for your glasses everywhere when they are actually on the top of your head.

Or how you regret playing that game Saturday morning because on Sunday every muscle in your body aches.

Or visiting the dermatologist and wondering what all those dark spots are on your hands.

”Mid-Life 2” is a series of vignettes with songs interspersed throughout.  They are all about the foibles of growing older.

Some of the songs are quite funny, including “The Crisis Continues,” which opens and closes the show and pops up throughout.

And “The Old Neighborhood” is a bittersweet, sentimental look at a long married couple visiting the old neighborhood and regretting the passage of time but realizing they have gained a deeper and stronger love because of it.

Alas, a lot of the songs are only mildly funny or memorable.  About mid-way through act one, it began to feel a bit repetitive.

It’s not the cast and it’s not the three piece band led by J.P. Meyer that is the problem.  And it’s not the good looking and effective set designed by Evan Adamson.

The solid cast includes Luther Chakurian, Lisa Coday, Dianne Stone Fussaro, Jennifer Hope, Kirk Lawrence and Christopher Tefft.

They all do the best they can but they don’t have a lot to work with.

No, it’s the material, which hits the same note a few too many times and is too  shallow for its own good.  

Each of the vignettes is about the same length and each one follows the same patterns.

 The show is a sequel to “Mid-Life: The Crisis Musical,” not surprisingly, a a sharper and funnier look at getting older.

Book, music and lyrics are by Jim Walton and Bob Walton, who also directed and choreographed the show.

The voices are terrific and the acting is fine. I wanted the cast  to be pushed further because I knew the actors  could have easily handled it.   

But this show doesn’t go very deep.

The second act shifts gears a bit and the show gets stronger.

Vignettes are allowed to develop a little more and the one-note jokes make way for more complexity.

I doubt anyone going to see the show really wants anything to get too deep or heavy. It’s a show designed to make you chuckle and nod in recognition as it floats by.

And this production does just that.

If You Go:

“Mid-Life2! (The Crisis Continues)”  is playing at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, 510 Centerville Road through Feb. 14.

Tickets range from  $49 to $67 for adults; $23 for students, $19 for children 3 to `12. Show only is $34.

 Tues. - Sat. 6 p.m. dinner, 7:30 p,.m. show. Selected twilights and matinees.

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