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Dennis Brown, Paul Friswold and Deanna Jent suss out local theater

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Menopause The Musical Who knew hormone shifts could be so much fun? An energetic cast of four women "of a certain age" sing and dance their way through parodies of popular '60s and '70s songs whose rewritten lyrics tackle night sweats, memory loss and mood swings. Laura Ackerman has great comic timing in her rendition of "Puff the Magic Dragon," while Rosemary Watts has almost too much fun with her ode to sex toys ("You Are My Destiny"). Rochelle Walker does a great Tina Turner impersonation, and Lee Anne Mathews sings a sultry "Tropical Hot Flash." Designed to amuse and empower women who have "gone through the passage," the show ends with the audience joining the cast for a raucous kick-line celebration. 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 www.playhouseatwestport .com.
— Deanna Jent

Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure Everything is here that one would expect from a Holmes mystery: the cocaine addiction and deerstalker cap, lots of disguises, familiar characters like Doctor Watson, Professor Moriarty and Irene Adler. Everything, that is, except for a title-role character who is remotely remarkable or even intriguingly eccentric. In relying on special effects rather than well-developed characters, director Edward Stern has brought nothing of interest to Steven Dietz's overwritten script. The evening climaxes with a flamboyant waterfall sequence that is imaginative, fun and totally irrelevant to a satisfying evening of theater. Produced by the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis through April 15 at the Loretto-Hilton Center, 130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves. Tickets are $14 to $63 (rush seats available for students and seniors, $8 and $10, respectively, 30 minutes before showtime). Call 314-968-4925 or visit www.repstl.org.
— Dennis Brown

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