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Theater Review: "The Geeze And Me"

Gabriela Nelson, Byron La Due, Lorraine Devon Wilke
Photo credit:
Tenth Avenue Arts Center

Ah, geezerhood, the state to which no one aspires but most acquire just because they live long enough. I can identify.

Rag Lady Productions presents “The Geeze And Me,” a new musical offering “the truth about aging.” It plays through April 29 at the Tenth Avenue Arts Center.

You’ll get the point right off the bat, where four chairs on the stage hold these four tell-tale items: a box of Depends, canes, a bedpan and bottles of water. It ain’t a pretty sight, but let’s face it, that’s what we’re all in for if we live long enough.

“Geeze” is more revue than play, offering little story but lots of tunes, mostly upbeat, many with clever lyrics. It can also claim some great one-liners like “Time is a great healer but makes a lousy plastic surgeon.”

It urges the gettin’-up-there crowd to keep moving, especially in the song “Silver Sneakers,” which has sweaty oldsters in an exercise class hoping that “Silver Sneakers keep away the Reaper.”

“The Geeze And Me” is the brainchild of Hedges Capers (composer/lyricist/co-writer) and Nancy Locke Capers (director/co-writer), who have found a talented cast for the world premiere of this somewhat overlong effort.

I can suggest a few songs to drop. “The ADLs” (activities of daily living) is just a list of things oldsters (and all of us) do, like dressing, eating, ambulating, etc.

And I could live without “Higher Ground,” about the character Bob (Kent Brisby), who suddenly drops dead, and the unknown Mrs. Dingler (Lolly Boroff) who comes to talk at the (wrong) funeral.

But the top get-this-song-out-of-the-show is “Lady Bumps,” an ode to ladies’ ta-tas that’s, well, just embarrassing.

Another question mark is the tacked-on Homeless Woman (Erin Vanderhyde), a nameless character who shuffles across the stage with her shopping cart a few times and gets to sing only near the end of the show.

The sole cast member of color, she has only one line but a lovely singing voice.

Pity she’s not given more to do.

Aging is something most of us will have to deal with, and “The Geeze” cast sings about many of them.

They range from Bob (Kent Brisby), who admits that sometimes “when I pass a mortuary, I’m tempted to go in and wait” to the activist’s comment “I’d rather wear out than rust out.”

“The Geeze And Me” has topicality, humor and talent going for it. Some judicious cuts and changes could give it many an appreciative audience. 

The details

“The Geeze And Me” plays through April 29, 2017 at the Tenth Avenue Arts Center, 930 Tenth Avenue, Downtown.

Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday at 8 pm; Sunday at 2 pm

Tickets: sdartstix.com/the-geeze-and-me/ or www.thegeezeandme.com