Life in the Middle Ages: Comedian Steve Ochs Takes On Aging
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One of the most beloved children's books of all time makes its way to the stage in the musical The Secret Garden. On a windswept moor in a lonely old house, a grieving widower and his sickly son spend their days lonely and lost, haunted by the ghosts of departed loved ones. Enter Mary, a sour young orphan who has lost her family to cholera and come to live with her uncle. She discovers a locked garden that's been left to grow wild and uncared for -- much like Mary herself. Her quest to find the key and restore the garden uncovers startling secrets and a family tragedy. With the help of her new friend Dickon and her cousin Colin, Mary brings new life to the garden and to her grief-stricken uncle. Presented by the award-winning California Youth Conservatory Theatre and directed by Shaun T. Evans, this magical musical is the perfect vehicle for CYC's cast of talented young actors and seasoned professionals. Enhanced by a beautiful and powerful score performed by a live orchestra, the musical version of this beloved story is a delight for audiences of all ages. Learn More
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This one-man comedy provided common insights of a middle-age person (specifically from a male perspective) in a humorous, yet suprisingly truthful, way. The background of scrolling caligraphy words simulating the real middle ages terms and narrated by a female "narratorix" (spelling may not be correct) also helped tie in the "middle ages" theme.
We enjoyed the play a lot. The theater was a nice size. Parking and numerous restaurants were nearby too.
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This is a very clever one man show with some real insight into the middle part of one's life . Steve Ochs is a polished performer and his ease with dealing with the audience in repartee is smooth and witty. I do recommend the show.
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- Learn more about <a target="_blank" href="http://hollywoodfringe.com/users/1685">Steve Ochs</a>.
- "Foul-mouthed, glib, self-assured, and dead on!” --<em>LA Splash</em>
- “Irreverent, quip-happy … the audience seemed truly touched.” --<em>LA Weekly </em>
Life in the Middle Ages is a medieval-themed, multi-media, one-man comedy show that pokes fun at getting older and dealing with the inevitable foibles of midlife crisis.
Writer/performer Steve Ochs (pronounced "Oaks") humorously compares getting older to the five stages of grief. He takes aim at mortality, vitality and inevitable immobility in this fast-paced evening of laughs and tears. Raised by a comic and a shrink, Ochs successfully draws on the best of both worlds to make his point.
Over the course of 70 minutes Ochs exposes the many challenges adults confront during a midlife crisis. Many people at this stage of life think their feelings are unique to them; this communal exploration of aging could very well help define your state of mind and give you inspiration. This is not your typical one man show as the fourth wall is frequently broken and includes multimedia, comedy and audience interaction.
Strictly speaking to and for those experiencing middle age, adults of any age are welcome to attend but those under 30 should enter at their own risk knowing that the show comes with the following caution, “Warning: this show is rated NC-30. Attending may cause early onset midlife crisis in persons under thirty.”
If you watched a lot of stand up comedy live or on TV during the '80s, you may remember Ochs as Steve O. before the other guy got the name. Richard Pryor called him, “one funny motherf**ker,” New York Nightlife compared him to Lenny Bruce and the Orlando Sentinel called him, “fast, funny and sometimes biting.” He retired from the stage about 17 years ago, mostly due to lack of inspiration, but his midlife crisis has driven him back into the fray.