NOW WHAT? Peggy Huntsman, Warren Harrison and Eileen Beaver, left to right, face off in "The Kids Left. The Dog Died. Now What?" Photo by Allen Schmeltz

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Now what? Theater explores aging … gracefully

By June 3, 2011

NOW WHAT? Peggy Huntsman, Warren Harrison and Eileen Beaver, left to right, face off in “The Kids Left. The Dog Died. Now What?” Photo by Allen Schmeltz

What happens when the Empty Nest Syndrome set in?

Sutter Street Theatre answers that question with its latest production — the very funny musical, “The Kids Left. The Dog Died. Now What?”

Directed by Jessica Larrick with musical direction by Connie Mockenhaupt, the story follows a group of baby-boomers valiantly struggling with the effect of gravity on their bodies, divorce on their hard-won bank accounts, grandchildren on their self images, and the dating scene on their egos. Of the 78 million baby-boomers defiantly hanging on to their youth, author Carole Lonner has chosen 20 around which to weave her hysterical musical. Mid-life foreplay is the final frontier.

Dennis Curry, Eileen Beaver, Emily Suzanne Gonzales, Warren Harrison, Peggy Huntsman and Michael Mark Joyner bring these hilarious characters to life.

Book, music and lyrics are by Carole Caplan-Loner.

“The Kids Left. The Dog Died. Now What?” runs from June 10 through July 17. Performances are scheduled at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 4 p.m. on Sundays at Sutter Street Theatre, 717 Sutter St. in Folsom.

Tickets prices are$23 (general admission), $21 (senior/SARTA) and $15 for children 12 and younger; group rates are available. This production is recommended for children 10 years and older.

For reservations call (916) 353-1001. For online reservations and more information visit SutterStreetTheatre.com.

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