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A Comedic Look at Women Over 50
You and your mama don’t want to miss this! A new comedic show An Invisible Woman ~ The disappearing act of a 50-year old! opens Thursday, Oct. 26 at the Virginia Samford Theatre. Written by and starring comedic entertainer Sunny Brown, the show explores the ways society tries to make women of a certain age fade from view, just as they begin to find themselves again.
Sunny tries to hold on to her pride, eyesight and youth while poking fun at it all through comedy, music and dancing in a night of entertainment and fun. Although the show is laugh-out-loud funny, it does explore the issues “women of a certain age” face in this world. Whether it’s being told you’re too old for a job or that you should get Botox to hide the signs of aging, Sunny will take the audience on a journey through the changes and challenges women face after they turn 50.
“The last couple of years have brought about big changes in my life. I became an “Empty Nester” when my youngest child graduated from high school and left for college, and, I turned the big 5-0! These events left me wondering what my next step in life would be,” said Sunny Brown. “As it turned out, it was time for me to reinvent myself, yet again. That’s when I began writing An Invisible Woman.”
Aging Gracefully in the Anti-Aging Age
Many women who turn 50 and are empty nesters face the same dilemma on what to do after their children have left home. Women over 50 face many challenges, especially in today’s world, when it comes to the way they look, the way they are scrutinized for jobs and even the way they consider themselves and their place in society. Sometimes they are even completely overlooked when it comes to areas such as fashion and beauty. And, advertisers make sure to remind them that they are expected to do what it takes to pause the aging button. The beauty industry traditionally markets a number of products to women under the label of ‘anti-aging’ therefore stigmatizing women who choose to age “gracefully.” Not all is falling on deaf ears, however, The New York Times Magazine recently interviewed Allure Magazine’s editor Michelle Lee on her reason for dropping the term ‘anti-aging’ when talking about women and aging. Instead, Lee said that she would use the terms ‘a celebration of growing into your own skin – wrinkles and all’ going forward.
“Looking back, I now realized that I had been reinventing myself my whole life. In fact, we all are! Writing “An Invisible Woman!” began a journey of self-discovery that revealed the way society views women 50 and over and made me aware that we must not be afraid to have our voices heard (and our faces seen). My hope is that someone going through the same changes in their life will see the show and be inspired and to know that there is life after 50,” Brown added. “The show pokes fun at it all and ourselves and how we play along with the message in a light hearted, tongue-in-cheek way that’s a lot fun. We have a fabulous band and a couple of handsome men, there’s something for everyone, men and women, your girlfriends and a couple’s night out of entertainment and fun.”
The show is directed by Birmingham theatre veteran, Carl Peoples of the Central Alabama Theatre.
“With tongue-in-cheek I always say, if Bette Midler and Marilyn Monroe had a love child it would be Sunny Brown! Her writing is as good as her delivery and her performance. That’s a rarity in the theater world today. I’m honor to be directing this original show with such a talented group of individuals! ~ Carl Peoples – Director, An Invisible Woman
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Tell Your Mama
You don’t want to miss this show! Take your mama and anyone else who wants laugh-out-loud entertainment. An Invisible Woman is playing three nights Oct. 26-28 at the Virginia Samford Theatre and tickets can be bought online or during box office hours. Come “see” it for yourself!