Men won't understand the jokes. Most younger women may not get them either.
But by all accounts, women who have experienced what is euphemistically called "the change" generally think "Menopause: The Musical" is hilarious.
It's coming to the Straz Center for the Performing Arts for six shows this weekend.
The show, which originated in a tiny theater Orlando in 2001, features four woman (who are called by such generic names as "the Iowa housewife" and "the Earth Mother") in a Bloomingdale's lingerie sale who sing a couple of dozen songs about fatigue, hot flashes and failing libido, all set to the tunes of classic pop songs from the '60 and '70s. There's "Puff, My God, I'm Draggin'," "My Husband Sleeps Tonight" and a Bee Gees-based medley of "Stayin' Awake" and "Night Sweatin'."
"Menopause: The Musical" quickly became an international hit. Besides successful productions Off-Broadway and in Las Vegas, "Menopause: The Musical" has delighted mostly-female audiences in Malaysia, Israel and South Korea.
Details: June 19-23, Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Show times: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $45 plus service charge and up. Information: 813-229-7827, www.strazcenter.org.
-- Marty Clear