'Assisted Living The Musical': Laugh at the inevitable
Jul 12, 2011By Camille Bounds  -  Theatre and Arts Editor for Sunrise Publications.

The resourceful genius of Rick Compton and Betsy Bennett, creators of "Assisted Living The Musical", bring home the well-known subject of aging without bringing it to the usual well-worn level of ridicule. The lyrics are clever, sensitive and funny. They hit the subject right where they should, with refreshing humor and honesty that make this performance entertaining and real.

The show debuted in Naples, Fla., about two years ago and was followed by successful productions in Delaware, Pennsylvania and finally San Francisco.

Actors Zoe Conner and Bob Greene add the complete professional touch and give the material the exact meaning the writers had in mind. The beauty of these two is that they have great chemistry and give off a charm on the small stage that is infectious. Their articulation is so clear that this is one show in which I understood every word that was uttered or sung - an amazing feat in itself. These two are no spring chickens (as the saying goes) but they move like teeny-boppers on a night of straight lattes.

They are accompanied by Robbie Cowan, a sharp-looking young man. His timing, added shtick and expertise of his instrument pulls the show together and makes an already entertaining experience a better one.

Smart, crisp direction by Bill Castellino gives each offering freshness and movement that keeps the attention for fear you will miss a laugh or bit of delicious business.

We all have to remember getting old is not for sissies, and whether you are 30 or 80, "Assisted Living The Musical" will give you either a nostalgic hoot or something to remember and laugh about when you get there.

As an added dimension, each performance is preceded by a dim sum banquet.

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