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Say 'I do' to 'Divorce Party The Musical'

Hilarious musical on stage at the El Portal Theatre in NoHo through April 14

Posted: March 18, 2013 7:34 p.m.
Updated: March 18, 2013 7:34 p.m.

Janna Cardia, Soara-Joye Ross, Scott Ahearn, Mary Jane Waddell, Samara Dunn in "Divorce Party The Musical."

 

Divorce is a painful subject for millions of American men and women. However, there is truth to the saying “time heals all wounds” and once the anger and the pain subside there is life on the other side of divorce.

“Divorce Party The Musical” explores this notion with edgy fun, hilarious song and dance numbers and a remarkable cast.

The show, playing now at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood through April 14, isn’t just meaningful to individuals, who have survived a divorce, but to anyone who has had their heart broken – or had a relationship that ended up on the rocks.

If you’ve ever consumed a pint of “Chubby Hubby” ice cream, an entire frozen cheesecake or a couple of pounds of raw cookie dough, trying to “eat your feelings” you’ll relate to Linda, played by Janna Cardia.

Cardia plays the scorned wife to “padded” perfection.

Her friends, Courtney (Samara Dunn), Sheila (Sora-Joye Ross) and Carolyn (Mary Jayne Waddell) are equally well cast.

This musical is a joy to experience with cleverly written lyrics set to familiar music and a deep honesty that shines through the comic mayhem.

Scott Ahearn, seen in several different incarnations as “The Boy Toy,” is a truly gifted actor. I found myself eagerly looking forward to his next turn on stage. He brought a fun manic energy to each of his characters, making them truly unique and over-the-top funny.

“Divorce Party The Musical” is the creation of Mark Schwartz, a 33-year Broadway veteran and survivor of two divorces, Dr. Amy Botwinick, author of “Congratulations on Your Divorce – The Road to Finding Your Happily Ever After” and Jay Falzone (also lyrics, direction and choreography).

This is an R-rated musical and one of the most entertaining evenings I’ve had in the theater in recent memory. It’s a great show for a “girls night out” and a wonderful celebration of the empowerment of women.

Schwartz said the show is perfect for today’s times where 50 percent of first marriages end in divorce and 60 percent of second marriages end in divorce.

Once a taboo subject, “divorce is not in the closet anymore, it’s come out,” he said. “Divorce parties are becoming very prevalent, too.”

Schwartz said that while divorce is “not a pleasant thing to go through, it’s as much a new beginning as it is an ending.”

“Divorce Party The Musical” is clever, witty, naughty and laugh-out-loud funny. Don’t miss it. (It’s worth seeing twice.)

“Divorce Party The Musical” plays now through Sunday, April 14 at the El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Show plays Tuesday through Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $65, $50, $25. Visit www.elportal.thatre.com or call 1-866-811-4111.

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