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A Certain Age

Comedy /

By Theatre du Bon Chien

Written by Jennifer Cockerill

Middle age. It's a crazy journey, but we don't travel alone. Come join in the fun as we take an honest look at what it means to be a woman of "A Certain Age." And if you pee yourself laughing, we won't tell.

Opera/New Music

World premiere, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer, Actors' Equity participants

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16 and up.

Thursday, 8/1 5:30 p.m.
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Sunday, 8/4 8:30 p.m.
 
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Tuesday, 8/6 7:00 p.m.
 
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Friday, 8/9 10:00 p.m.
 
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Sunday, 8/11 4:00 p.m.
 
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HUGE Theater

3037 Lyndale Ave. S

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Audience reviews

Mid-life crisis and Beyond

By Karen McGarrigle / August 12, 2013
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Terrific dialogue between two talented women. Would recommend they skip the singing as didn't stay on key.

Polished execution, but . . .

By Florence Brammer / August 11, 2013
This user has reviewed 56 shows

Three stars for good performance and staging of this material I found tired and hackneyed. Nothing new here, but clearly enjoyed by the full house.

Story of my Life

By Fan of Theater / August 10, 2013
This user has reviewed 9 shows

What a dynamic duo. This was incredible. They share so many different issues a woman goes through...and made it so fun to watch. Love this.

You Go Girls--Bullseye

By Kris Sieg / August 10, 2013
This user has reviewed 3 shows

At 58 this play captures so much about the choices women makes everyday and our struggle to find ourselves (whatever that means) and be true to those we love. Thank you for a memorable and very funny night.

Clever, inventive - funny!

By Poe Oh / August 7, 2013
This user has reviewed 7 shows

I am a 48 YO married male - and I found this to be quite funny. The songs were perfect, singing was an added bonus, and I laughed very hard. What more could one want?

We're all in this together

By Ann Niemann / August 6, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

From the very first line, the material resonated with the audience. We laughed, howled, and poked the friend sitting next to us. So much common ground! Well written, well acted, well directed - can you tell I loved it? Don't miss this original gem.

Oh so relatable...

By Mindy Eschedor / August 5, 2013
This user has reviewed 5 shows

As a woman over 40, I could identify with the majority of vignettes in this show! These characters (and the talented Teri and Shelli who inhabit them) are smart, funny, and exactly the type of women with whom you want to grab a drink and commiserate about your own life. I have been the flailing woman in the Zumba class, and have often had those "grass is always greener" thoughts about my married mom friends. Before you think this is a "chick show," the audience had a large number of men, all of whom were enjoying themselves, too! I recommend reserving a ticket online, as lots of patrons were turned away last night at show #2! The intimacy of HUGE Theater is nice for a show like this, but these women could fill a much larger house!!

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Funny!

By Sandy Darst / August 4, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

A brilliant celebration of middle age!

A Certain Age

By Kay Witherspoon / August 3, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

So much fun!! I attended the show with my 20 year old son and we were both laughing out loud. The writing is hilarious and the actors performance is brilliant! So true to life, you can't help but laugh. I will be going to see this show again.

A Certain Age

By Monica Schneiderman / August 2, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

Absolutely hilarious and thoroughly entertaing... a Fringe Fest must see!!

A Certain Age

By Colleen Barrett / August 2, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

Don't miss it! Brilliantly done. The time flew by! I left wanting more!

Hilarious!

By Kathy Altman / August 2, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

What a hoot! Had so much fun, especially sitting next to my yoga buddy during the yoga scene! So real & true! Loved it and even our husbands enjoyed it! Go see it!!

must see

By David Lund / August 2, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

wow ... thoroughly enjoyed this polished, professional-quality, thought-provoking, comedic performance. this past-a-certain-age male is mighty glad he attended.

A Certain Age

By Sara P / August 1, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

Loved this show - I laughed, I cried and then I did both at the same time. The writing was thoughtful, intelligent, and honest. The acting was brilliant. Left me wanting more...

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Fantastic and Fun

By Jo Miller / August 12, 2013
This user has reviewed 2 shows

The entire play reminded me of conversations I have with girlfriends and myself. Ya gotta love it! Congrats on your success.

Dynamite

By Loretta Larkey / August 11, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

Loved everything about this production - two fabulous, talented actors, wonderful, original play and score, and oh so very relatable. Thank you.

Huge @ the Huge

By Rich Reeder / August 10, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

These two gals were bursting at the seams with acting, singing, timing, comedic, energy-loaded chops that any ole actor would just die for! (I know-preposition thing, but I just came out that way...) Take this show on the road ladies,
(and do not forget to take along your very galant valet, dresser, umpire, referee & loving pal, Mr. Weber). Bravo to Director Elana Gianetti, whose directing career is destined to explode! Writer, Ms. Cockerill, your comedic writing is right up there w/ Nichols & May, Nora Ephron & may I say Woody Allen. Least we forget to salute the fine and very apt music of the extremely gifted, talented Andrew Cooke. What a bunch of wondrous & superlative folks bringing the house town every nite at the Huge!

Great to be and see "A Certain Age!"

By Kevin Holman / August 7, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

Great writing, great story, great actors and most of all great laughs!

See This!

By Kay Snyder / August 7, 2013
This user has reviewed 8 shows

Funny. Well done. Bravo. Very enjoyable. These ladies know what they are doing.

A certain age

By Suzanne Van Horne / August 6, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

Loved the fact that I could watch my life played out in front of me. I laughed and snorted out loud, and I wasn't alone. Great show. A must see. Want to go back and take my friends.

A Certain See

By JP Fitzgibbons / August 5, 2013
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Two funny and skillful performers bring a delightful view into lives of women who have some years under their belts. Although I wasn't convinced that some of the prerecorded vocals were necessary (I'm not a fan of prerecorded music in general) the performers did a magnificent job in bringing the stories to life.

Superb performances

By Rebecca ... / August 4, 2013
This user has reviewed 9 shows

Wonderful humor, creative skits, and amazing singing--this show has it all.

If you remember and loved the Carol Burnett show, you'll really enjoy this variety presentation. They deserved a sold-out house.

I will go to any future performances these talented ladies put on.

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A Certain Age

By Rachel Rice / August 3, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

Delightful and side splitting! If you have a pulse you will be thrilled with this show! I couldn't stop laughing up until the very end!

A Certain Age

By Brenda Weise / August 2, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

Fabulous! one of the best plays I have seen in quite a while, highly recommend. Laughed with tears in my eyes. So point on. Well written and beautifully performed. Have recommended to many friends already. A Must See

Peed a little...

By Jami Day / August 2, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

Girls night giggles!!!! Acting was top shelf....seriously...the red head should be on SNL! The script was ripped from my diary!!!! Second helping please? ACA2 next year?

A Certain Age

By Jane Hotzler / August 2, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

We laughed out loud through so much of this wonderful production and when we weren't laughing we were nodding our heads in understanding , empathy and agreement ! Wonderful evening out with the girls!!!

So real, SO real!

By Deborah Hamann / August 1, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

Delightfully entertaining and affirming for a woman of any age! Could have watch them for another hour!! I cheered for them with passion and felt for them with compassion. The actors were brilliant, but how could they NOT be - the writing was brilliant! Ladies, leave the guys at home, this is a great night out for "gal pal's" !

A Certain Age

By Michael Shann / August 1, 2013
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Fantastic way to start this year's fringe experience, with a play with laughter and a lot of heart. The actresses are first-rate and the original songs touching. The yoga & hockey moms' scenes are both a must-see. This play could live on.

A great way to end Fringe!

By Jason R / August 12, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

So glad they got the encore slot so I could finally see it! Well worth the wait, too. Amazing performances by two actresses at the top of their game. I agree with other reviewers that this is a show that could continue.

Just Another Review in the Background

By Gregory Ng / August 11, 2013
This user has reviewed 8 shows

I feel like whatever I want to say has already been said. The show was superbly written with a great score to accompany it. The actresses were brilliant, their singing was great, and the skits were hilarious and definitely relatable. One person I went with started to tear up and she LOVED the show. I can literally think of nothing negative about this show. This DESERVED the encore show. And if you haven't seen the show yet and are still hesitant of going to the encore performance, allow me to point your attention to all the previous sold out shows and amazing reviews.

Awesome Talented Duo

By Suzann Willhite / August 10, 2013
This user has reviewed 2 shows

What fun to see 2 talented women perform song and skits that share issues common to most women. Hurrah and funny!!

Yay for A Certain Age!

By Leo Borer / August 7, 2013
This user has reviewed 3 shows

The on-stage chemistry between the two leads reminded me of the chemistry between Lemmon and Matthau. Go see either of the last two shows if you can. [Please.]

A funny show, well put together

By David Pacheco / August 6, 2013
This user has reviewed 5 shows

A great show! I was pleasantly surprised. Thoroughly enjoyable and with excellent performances by both actors. The women sitting next to me giggled all the way through. Check it out!

Slices of Life!

By Sue Gerver / August 5, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

Oh, my! This funny and enjoyable play covers slices of my life as a woman, wife and mother! Wonderful acting, directing and script. GO SEE IT!

Don't miss this one!

By Michelle Winchester / August 5, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

My workout buddy and I (along with our husbands) saw the opening night and LOVED it. It was non-stop laughs and fabulous performances, great writing, GREAT DIRECTING, and great performance. Don't miss this one!

Fringe Favorite

By Kelly Rowley / August 4, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

Brilliantly written and performed. I haven't had this much fun in a very long time. If you're looking for a show guaranteed to keep both women and the men who love them laughing non-stop, this is IT. Bravo!

A Certain Age is a "Must See"

By Paul Schoenack / August 3, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

If you're over twenty and are open to being entertained by two gifted actresses at the top of their game, "A Certain Age" at the Huge Theater is a "must see." The material is clever, the songs are fun, and all of it is presented with skill and energy. I recommend that you buy your tickets early, I wouldn't be surprised to hear that they sell out.

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A Certain Age

By Eleanor Leonard / August 2, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

What teamwork! From writing, to acting, to directing, to music, to staging. An unabashed look at that "certain age" that we all face, we know it's coming, and it still manages to catch us off guard. As one who is well past that period - some might say into my second childhood! -- it brought back memories. I just wish we'd this kind of helpful humor when I needed it. This is a seamlessly professional staging. No matter the gender, no matter the age - put your Fringe button to good use and park yourself in the audience. You'll have a raucous good time!

A certain Age

By Luann Zimmer / August 2, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

Laughed so hard I cried! This is "real life" humor for all women (the men love it too) between the yoga and hockey scenes I thought the writer MUST have been spying on me and now had my life on display. Great girls night out or bring your guy along!

Delightful!

By Michelle Myers Berg / August 2, 2013
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Completely realized. Amazing what they did in such a wee span of time! But I guess that is the benefit of being a talent of a certain age and being able to call on skills that come from all of the real life experience. I left wanting more. Absolutely put it on your list!

A Certain Age

By Tamara Snyder / August 1, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

Loved the show, great chemistry between the actors, well written. The real life examples were hilarious & easy to relate to. Not just for women. I noticed the men in the audience were enjoying it as well. So men, do go. You're sure to get some laughs & a better understanding of that special woman in your life.

A Certain Age

By Blaire Hartley / August 1, 2013
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Great way to start of the Fringe! Funny interplay between 2 actors that really hit home. Yoga skit was phenomenal!

Background information + more

PRAISE for A Certain Age

First review from our first performance by TC Daily Plant Fringe Blogger Matthew Everett


READ ALL ABOUT IT!!!   A Certain Age in the Press

Playwright and Co-Producer Jennifer Cockerill talks to the Lakeville Sun about her debut as a MN Fringe writer.

MN Fringe Blogger for the TC Daily Planet and fellow Fringe producer/playwright, Matthew Everett, tells us why A Certain Age will be the first show to see of the Fringe for him and his mom!

Great excuse to come see A Certain Age when you make the Fun Facts List in the Pioneer Press!


BACKGROUND

Middle age. The halfway point. That place where we pause to reflect on where we are, who we've become, what our purpose is, and to ask ourselves the question,

"...wait, what was I going to ask myself? I totally forgot."

Yeah.

It's a crazy journey, but here's the good news: we don't travel alone. There are countless sisters out there, striving, struggling, nurturing, fighting, loving...and having a really good laugh at it all.

Through a series of vignettes, veteran actresses Teri Parker Brown and Shelli Place give voice to the issues and challenges that we all face but don't always talk (or laugh) about. 

And speaking of voice, turns out our actresses are also amazing singers, so we added some original songs, and invited Andrew Cooke from Chanhassen Dinner Theatre to write the music.

So grab a beverage (or two) and a girlfriend (or three) and join in the fun as we take an honest look at what it means to be a woman of "A Certain Age."

Cast + crew bios

Teri Parker-Brown

Ensemble

Teri Parker-Brown

Teri is very pleased to be in her first Fringe show! She has been acting on stage, on camera and on radio in the Twin Cities for over 20 years. Some favorite roles include, Chanhassen Theaters: Beauty and the Beast (Belle), Bye Bye Birdie (Mrs. MacAffee), Brigadoon (Meg), State Fair (Margy), The Taffetas (Kaye) and Always Patsy Cline (Patsy/Louise). At Children’s Theater: Annie (Grace Farrell), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Mama Who) and HONK! (Ida). Other roles in the Twin Cities include, Old Log: Dixie Swim Club (Sheree), History Theater: Sisters of Swing (Maxene), Ordway: Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Ensemble) and Hey City: Beehive. Love to Vin and my beautiful children: Max and Everett, age 7 and Audrey, age 11.

Shelli Place

Ensemble

Shelli Place

Shelli is returning to acting after nearly a decade of producing/directing corporate awards, fashion shows and red carpet events. She is excited about making her Minnesota debut in the 2013 Fringe Festival. A longtime member of AEA/SAG/AFTRA, theater credits include King Lear (Regan), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Mae), Mary Stuart (Mary), Twelfth Night (Viola), The Importance of Being Earnest (Gwendolyn) and musicals How to Succeed… (Rosemary), Fiorello (Dora), Company (Kathy) and Georgette in Golddiggers of 1633 (a musical of Moliere’s School for Wives.) Tours include Closer than Ever, A My Name is Alice (Asia Tours), Man of La Mancha (Antonia), Play it Again Sam w/ Robert Morse (Vanessa), George M w/ Russ Tamblyn (Agnes), and Room Service w/ Shelley Berman (Catherine). TV and film favorites include 3rd Rock from the Sun, Miyasaki’s Animated Classic, The Crimson Pig (English Version) and the cult horror film Party Line. Shelli is loving living in such a vibrant theatrical community where she has recently directed Over the River and Through The Woods and 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche for Theater NOW, and feels fortunate to be a part of the Actor’s Workout with Raye Birk at the Guthrie. Next spring, Shelli will be appearing as "Weezer" in Steel Magnolias at the Old Log Theater. Thanks to Elena Giannetti, Candace Barrett and Andrew Cooke for opening the doors.

Richard Weber

Ensemble

Richard Weber

Richard is excited to be involved with the women of A Certain Age. He was involved in last year's fringe show, All's Fair, where he worked with Elena and Laura. He'd like to thank his parents and sisters, Maureen and Emily, for all of their love and support.

Elena Giannetti

Director

Elena Giannetti

Elena is an actress and director from Minneapolis. Credits include directing All’s Fair (2012 MN Fringe), assistant directing King Lear (Park Square), Guys & Dolls (Rooftop Theater), Come Back to the Five & Dime, Jimmy Dean (TRP) and I Hate Hamlet (Shadowplay Theater). Acting credits include the Guthrie Theater, Children's Theater Company, Park Square, History Theater, MN Jewish Theater Company, Mixed Blood, TRP, MN Shakespeare Project, plus many others. This is Elena's third Fringe show. Up next Elena will be performing in A Strange and Separate People at MN Jewish Theater Company in October 2013.

Jennifer Cockerill

Playwright

Jennifer Cockerill

In her life before children, Jennifer worked locally as an actress, with credits including Park Square Theatre, TRP, Refreshment Committee Theatre, the Guthrie and Lake Pepin Players. She then took a small break from professional acting (ok, 16 years), during which time she became a stay at home mom and, because drinking heavily wasn’t a very practical option, started writing. Many thanks to all who encouraged her to share her writing, especially Handt Hanson and Elena Giannetti. Love and gratitude to Rich, Riley and Tessa.

Andrew Cooke

Composer

Andrew Cooke

THEATRE: Broadway: Aspects of Love; Sweeney Todd (first revival). Off-Broadway: Company; The Night They Invented Champagne. Regional: The Whole Theatre Company; And The World Goes ‘Round (world premiere). The Guthrie Theater: Roman Holiday; H. M. S. Pinafore; Caroline, or Change; The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde; Jane Eyre; 1776; She Loves Me; Death of a Salesman; The Pirates of Penzance; The Night of the Iguana; To Fool the Eye. The Guthrie Lab: Wintertime; Merrily We Roll Along; Sweeny Todd. Chanhassen Dinner Theatres: Another Night Before Christmas; Footloose; All Shook Up; Jesus Christ Superstar; Hairspray; Plaid Tidings; Forever Plaid; Bye, Bye Birdie; Our Hometown Christmas Pageant; Joseph. The Children’s Theatre Company: Seussical the Musical; How The Grinch Stole Christmas; Aladdin; A Year With Frog and Toad; Honk!; The Wizard of Oz; Bedtime with Bert & Ernie; Cinderella. Mixed Blood Theatre: The Pajama Game. Theater Latte’ Da: Floyd Collins. The Playwrights’ Center: The Fabulous Invalid. Other: The Kind and I; Oklahoma!; South Pacific; Carousel; Fiddler On The Roof; The Music Man; Guys and Dolls; A Chorus Line; West Side Story; Carnival; Hello, Dolly!
AS COMPOSER: The Guthrie Theater: Jane Eyre; The Falls; To Fool the Eye. Chanhassen Dinner Theatres: Our Hometown Christmas Pageant. The Playwright’s Center, Minneapolis: The Fabulous Invalid. The Heights Players Theater, Brooklyn, NY: Little Women; Alice! In Development: Masquerade (a musical adaptation of Jean Anouilh’s Le Bal des voleurs); Valpone.
TEACHING: University of Minnesota / Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program; A Guthrie Experience for Actors in Training; Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY.

Laura D. Thaisen

Stage Manager

Laura D. Thaisen

Laura is a stage manager and actress from the Twin Cities. Her recent stage management credits include Disney’s Aladdin Jr., Diary of a Worm, A Spider and A Fly, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Stages Theater Company), All’s Fair (2012 MN Fringe), Dead Man’s Shoes, This Wonderful Life, and The De@d Guy (Williamston Theatre) and The Producers (Minnesota State University, Mankato). By day, Laura serves as the General Manager of the Plymouth Playhouse. She is thrilled to be back at the MN Fringe Festival! She sends her undying gratitude to Elena Giannetti for being a dear friend and constant door-opener.

Inna Skogerboe

Sound Designer

Inna was most recently sound designer for The Effects of Gamma Rays On Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (Gremlin Theatre) and In The Rest Room At Rosenblooms (Theatre In The Round). She currently resides in Fridley MN and works as a full-time Audio Tester for a prominent music software company.

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