The following review ran on Mather Lifeways’ AgingInAction.org website, now InvestigAge.com.
“What’s to Fear?”
Time of Your Life Players Close Their Most-Recent Comedic Play About Aging
by Richard Shank on November 18, 2010
In the past we have run stories on the positive influence that creativity has on health and wellness. In Chicago, we have a wonderful example of this – in action. The Time of Your Life Players is an acting troupe whose mission is to perform narratives from the point-of-view of older adults.
The Time of Your Life Players was formed in 2004. Each year they perform an original play for audiences in Chicago. They first began their creative endeavors traveling to senior living residences, senior centers, and other public venues performing shows for older adults. In 2007, they began their run in the local theaters, as well.
This year with the help of musicians from the Old Town School of Folk Music, Avrum Krause and his group of 55 to 70 somethings, embarked on creating a comedy called What’s to Fear? Krause wrote the play in a way that embodies the spirit of positive aging. Partially in response to his experiences with prostate cancer, he crafted a play with a positive message emphasizing the choices that older adults have ahead in their lives and the support they have available to them even when health problems surface. The play is about one man’s journey in his post-retirement life when prostate cancer changes his plans.
The final performance of this show was on Saturday November 6, 2010 at The Greenhouse Theater Center. A reviewer of this show notes that Krause knows the value of leavening harsh experience with equal parts philosophy and good humor. Their lead song says it all: Growing Old is Not for Wimps and don’t they know it deeply, one player having survived cancer three times.
Not to fret, if you feel you’ve missed something, the Troupe will be developing a new play for next year and are available to book new shows for interested groups in senior living, retirement communities, senior centers, etc. For more information, see http://www.timeofyourlifeplayers.com/.