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Dennis Brown and Deanna Jent suss out local theater


Menopause The Musical This sassy musical revue parodies songs of the '60s and '70s focusing on issues of aging and hormone imbalance (to give you an idea: A disco medley includes "Night Sweating" and "Stayin' Awake"). Sandra Benton is a powerhouse singer whose Tina Turner brings down the house. Brooke Davis scores with "Puff the Magic Dragon" and Lee Anne Mathews delivers a sultry "Tropical Hot Flash," while Rosemary Watts has fun with the raciest number, a tribute to self-love. The only problem with music director Joe Dreyer's slick 90 minutes is that it's too loud. Open-ended run at the Playhouse at West Port Plaza, 635 West Port Plaza (second level), Page Avenue and I-270, Maryland Heights. Tickets are $44.50. Call 314-469-7529 or visit
— Deanna Jent

Monty Python's Spamalot Flying cows, killer bunnies and cheerleading Laker girls all figure into this zany revisionist retelling of the Camelot legend. Everything that its disciples associate with Monty Python is here, from the projection designs to the anarchic nonsense. Once the hit Broadway show establishes its no-holds-barred premise that anything goes and nothing is sacred, the viewer's task is to take a deep breath and hold on. That this runaway train of a musical doesn't become a train wreck is surely due to director Mike Nichols, who transforms the acquired-taste Monty Python franchise into something accessible. In a world that is succumbing to dumb and dumber, Spamalot makes stupid seem smart. Through November 26 at the Fox Theatre, 527 North Grand Boulevard. Tickets are $28 to $75. Call 314-534-1111 or visit
— Dennis Brown

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