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Theatre Asylum & Lab
1078 Lillian Way Hollywood, CA 90038
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Bar that takes donations at the front of the venue right next door
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Plan something for afterward...if not sooner! ~ Plan "B."
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"Life in the Middle Ages"
20 ratings
4.6 average rating
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5 events
5 reviews
10 stars
attended May 22 2011

Easy street parking, easy gps directions. Host was very friendly and helpful. Very intimate setting with the speaker almost within arm's length.

The show itself was heartwarming and definitely worth the time. This is more like a narrative,...continued

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attended May 22 2011

Funny take on realizations of middle age. Could use shortening of the depressing section-stick with the comedy, it worked :)

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1 review
0 stars
attended May 22 2011

I went to see Life in the Middle Ages last evening and found it very entertaining, smart and very funny. A must see for anyone over 30. Everyone around me seemed to be enjoying the experience.

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Learn more about Steve Ochs.
“Foul-mouthed, glib, self-assured, and dead on!” —LA Splash
“Irreverent, quip-happy … the audience seemed truly touched.” —_LA Weekly _


Life in the Middle Ages is a medieval-themed, multi-media, one-man comedy show that equates the horrifying epiphany that initiates midlife crisis with receiving a terminal diagnosis from your doctor, thus triggering the five stages of grief. Writer/performer Steve Ochs (pronounced “Oaks” like the Phil) 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.”

Steve Ochs is a recovering stand up comic. If you watched a lot of stand up comedy live or on TV during the ’80s, you may remember him 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.