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Posted: April 29, 2009

It’s a woman’s life: Be prepared to laugh

Avenue Theater production of "The Woman Show" pokes fun at the female condition

Patricia Kaowthumrong

Taking jabs at everything from Weight Watchers to women’s empowerment seminars, “That Woman Show,” has become a popular way to spend a girls night out on the town. The satire about the lives of women, now playing at Denver’s Avenue Theater, has been so successful its run was recently extended through the end of May.

Bob Wells, artistic director of Denver’s Chicken Lips comedy troupe said the show started its run on February 6 and has been such a hit that the theater made the executive decision to keep the show running instead of gambling on a new production.

“It just caught on with women and women’s groups,” Wells said.

Women, he said, have the opportunity to “let their hair down, have a glass of wine and laugh for a couple of hours.”

LuAnn Buckstein and Pamela Clifton both star in and wrote “That Woman Show.” They are veterans of the long-running “Murder Must Fowl” comedy mystery and Chicken Lips Entertainment.

“It’s really about issues that every woman can relate to,” Wells said, and interactive skits keep audiences on their feet.

“The catch phrase of the show is, ‘Funny enough for a man, but made for a woman,’” Wells said.

Avenue Theater features a show geared towards women every January. Last year no men were allowed in the theater, and the show was sold out for all 16 weeks.  Thanks to this year’s extension, Wells said there are still many seats left for “That Woman Show.”

“This year we’re allowing men, but we’re not encouraging them,” Wells said. “But it’s not really drawing a lot of men. It’s really a women’s experience.”

The script for next year’s show is already being written; it’s going to be called, “Cramps the Musical: Why Wait for Menopause?”

“It’s basically just good times,” Wells said. “In these economic times, we all need to have a few more laughs.”

Click here to purchase tickets to “The Woman Show,” running through May 31, or call the box office at (303) 321-5925.

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Patricia Kaowthumrong is a student at the University of Colorado School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Contact her at Patricia.Kaowthumrong@colorado.edu.

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