Torontoist should have been tipped off by the glowing reviews from “Larri King,” “Dr. Pheel,” and “Star Joynes” printed on the inside of the program… But regardless, with an hour to kill, MAN-o-pause was on the agenda.
Unfortunately titled, (only palely punningly referential), the rote plot is an historical account of a divorced gay man and a divorced straight woman’s lives, from high school until their current 40s.
What was supposed to be a night out drinking with a best friend, reliving sexual exploits, worst dates and love affairs, seemed more like two people on opposite sides of an empty bar, wallowing in their martinis to the proverbial bartender. One is left thinking… what is this play really about? There didn’t seem to be any unifying theme beyond the idea that men are pigs… (Or at least these two characters date piggish men.) And yes, the ideal man is hard to find.
But beyond it’s generic tendencies, there were quite a few laughs and guffaws coming from the audience.
Warning: Some Language. Simulated Fish Orgasm. Dollarama Props.
Pre-show music: Venus – Bananarama (bumping up the rating half an -ist)
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