“Menopause: The Musical” closed early in London, but it’s a big hit in Albany, N.Y. “The best-selling show in Capital Repertory Theatre’s history has been extended again due to unprecedented ticket demand,” reports the Albany Times Union. It also seems to be doing well in Kuala Lumpur.

For readers in the Boston area, you may want to consider getting tickets for Judith Black‘s one-woman show, “That Fading Scent.” An acclaimed storyteller, Black has received the Circle of Excellence award from the National Storytelling Festival. Here’s what the Orlando Sentinel had to say about “That Fading Scent”:

This is the thinking woman’s version of Menopause: The Musical, with one song (a snappy ditty about all the nasty chemicals we’re willing to put into our bodies for the sake of prolonging youth just a little longer), a couple of choice rants and several great stories. Black is a warm and dynamic storyteller, exposing the legacy of bias against older women with a wry sense of humor. In fact, she shows how life after 50 can be wonderful. There might be more wrinkles, but with those wrinkles come more wisdom, greater confidence and a better sense of where you stand in the world as a female. And just maybe if women stop focusing their time and energy on fighting their way up the “mountain of sexy,” as Black says, they might find time to affect real change in the world.

Columnist Teryl Zarnow writes that she has discovered the purpose of menopause: to be the universal fall guy. “Talking to friends, I collect a litany of symptoms and complaints. Like charms on a bracelet, they are apparently all linked to menopause.”

Perhaps these tips for making the experience a positive one would help. Posted at the North American Menopause Society, they’re written by Leslee Kagan, a nurse practitioner and co-author, with Bruce Kessel, MD and Herbert Benson, MD, of “Mind Over Menopause,” which is based on a mind/body program that provides self-care alternatives.

If you ever find yourself having a hot flash in Roscoe, Ill., up near the Wisconsin border, head over to the Roscoe branch of the North Suburban Library District. The employees there know how to keep cool — and keep a sense of humor.

From The New York Times television round-up for July 19:

9 P.M. (BBC America) THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW Sharon Gless and Tyne Daley [sic] — that’s Cagney and Lacey to you — reunite 25 years after their hit television series. “We had to do the running over and over again, they were too cheap to get in stunt doubles,” Ms. Daley recalls of the hazards of playing a New York police detective. “As we got older — the menopause years — I couldn’t do it any more.”

Despite her quip about menopause, Daly (no “e”) would go on to play a social worker on the wonderful “Judging Amy” for six years (1999-2005). Both she and Gless are well-known and appreciated for their ongoing political activism.


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