Stage Flashes

It wasn't until 1985 that America first heard the word "period" on television in reference to menstruation—thanks, Courteney Cox. Since then, the feminine products industry hasn't really progressed that much. They continue to offer oddly scented "deodorant" tampons (vaginae should smell like a summer breeze!); "quiet" wrappers (because what's more embarrassing than someone hearing your tampon wrapper?); and the mysterious blue fluid in pad commercials (if your menstrual fluid is blue, see a doctor). The message is, "Your period—and by extension your girl parts—is ugly and shameful! Run away! Run away!" PMS, periods and menopause are the tired punch lines to too many lame jokes, so we hope that Menopause the Musical has something fresh to say. Apparently audiences are finding something to like and relate to in the show, which opens Tuesday at the Majestic Theatre, since nearly 9 million people have seen Menopause since it started in 2001. The show says it "encourages a healthy dialogue about issues of aging and women's health," and it features parodies of well-known tunes from the '60s and '70s. See it nightly at 7:30 with 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday through March 16 at 1925 Elm St. Tickets are $16 to $50. Call 214-631-ARTS or visit
March 11-16, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: March 11. Continues through March 16, 2008


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