Tell us about A Woman of a Certain Age.
We live in a culture that is obsessed with youth and beauty, often equating the two. Women in particular are often treated as if they have a “best-before” date and, once that day has passed, they are no longer considered interesting, beautiful, or valuable.
A Woman of a Certain Age is a one-woman show in which writer and performer Wendy Froberg portrays six interconnected woman in mid-life and beyond who are struggling to keep from becoming invisible.
There are other shows out there which explore the theme of women growing older but this one is about more than ‘hot flashes and saggy bits’. The greatest compliment I receive when I perform the play is when women come up afterward and ask, “How did you know about my life? That was me up there”. You will laugh, you will cry, you will see yourself or someone you love.
Describe your show in three words.
Poignant. Truthful. Funny.
Why should someone come see your show?
While you might not currently be “a woman of a certain age”, chances are you are in a relationship with one, or will end up there one of these days; sadly, aging is a one-way street. So younger folks and all genders will get something out of the play.
There’s a lot of humour in the show because, well, if you don’t laugh about what happens to us as we age, you just might cry. At the same time, the show explores the deeper, more serious issues that women face as they grow older, issues that go beyond their physical appearance and the question “to Botox or not to Botox”. What is it like to be a widow? To take care of an aging parent suffering from dementia, or to be that parent? To wonder if your nest will ever be empty of your adult children? To go through a “grey divorce” and resort to on-line dating to find love again in your fifties?
If your show was a superhero which superhero would it be, and why?
Her name would be “What-did-I-come-in-here-for?” Woman”, With a wave of her hand, she erases her enemies’ short-term memories, leading them to forget why they were chasing her in the first place and what they were planning to do to take over the world before she stopped their evil-doings.
If you could see only one show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival this year, besides your own, what show would that be?
#FringeDuJour is a peek at some of the shows coming to this year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival. We’ve asked Fringe artists to answer a few questions to entice you to see what they have to offer and to help cross-pollinate the Fringe.
For Even More Information
The 2019 Vancouver Fringe Festival runs September 5-15 on Granville Island and stages around town. Visit http://vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.