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At Play: Moliere and Menopause

The Wichita State University School of Performing Arts presents The Learned Ladies, October 10-12. Moliere’s comedy, which takes a look at academic pretention, focuses on the lives of a group of “learned ladies” and their insatiable obsession for learning and high-brow culture of the conceited kind. Mix in a love triangle, a weak-minded husband, and a grammatically incorrect housemaid and you have one of Moliere’s most-beloved comedy of manners. This production is directed by Dr. Bret Jones.

You can catch Menopause The Musical October 15 and 16 at the Mary Jane Teall Theater at Century II. This production features four women at a lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black lace bra and memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, but not too much more This musical parody set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s and has been popular for over 10 years.

Now through November 2 Cabaret Oldtown presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. All of Putnam County is in attendance for the Silver Anniversary of their beloved Spelling Bee. The heavy favorites include last year's winner, Chip Tolentino, and recent transfer Marcy Park, who came in ninth at nationals last year. But can someone else steal the top prize? Other contestants include William "Magic Foot" Barfee, the precocious Logainne Schwartzand-Grubenierre, timid Olive Ostrovsky, and clueless Leaf Coneybear, along with a host of other zany spellers. Guided through the Bee by moderator Rona Peretti (herself a former Spelling Bee champion), word pronouncer Vice Principal Douglas Panch, and ex-convict-turned-comfort-counselor Mitch Mahoney, these spellers learn more about themselves than they ever thought possible, and that there is more to life than winning and losing.

Jedd Beaudoin is host/producer of the nationally syndicated program Strange Currency. He has also served as an arts reporter, a producer of A Musical Life and a founding member of the KMUW Movie Club. As a music journalist, his work has appeared in Pop Matters, Vox, No Depression and Keyboard Magazine.