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About the Play
  
Truth, justice and a mid-life crisis
 
 

"Faster than a minivan in the carpool lane. More powerful than super weight spandex. Able to leap high hormone levels in a single bound. It's a wife. It's a mom. It's THUNDERBABE." Suzanne Lefetra, El Cerrito Journal.

THUNDERBABE is the story of a former super heroine—now a comfortably retired wife and soccer mom—whose evil nemesis breaks out of prison and threatens to enslave the globe. Suddenly, Thunderbabe must face skeletons from her past, an old flame, a madwoman on the loose and a whopper of a mid-life crisis. Can a middle-aged, out-of-shape super heroine squeeze into her spandex and get her act together in time to save the world?

THUNDERBABE is a completely original script and story. Only two simple sets are required and the show can be performed with as few as nine actors or easily expand to a cast of 15 performers. Currently THUNDERBABE has NO encumbrances—no actors, directors or any other performing/producing entities are attached to this project.

The show had its world premiere as comedy adventure stage play at the Altarena Playhouse in Alameda, CA in July, 2005. It sold out by the second weekend. In May, 2007, THUNDERBABE took her second flight, this time in San Jose, CA. Audiences cheered and within a week, voted the show to the top of the Artsopolis "Best Bay Area Pics" list where it remained for the rest of the run.

"THUNDERBABE is a laugh-a-minute, freshly insightful, politically incorrect, fully rotating send-up of a whole bunch of our long-treasured cultural icons. In the world-premier production at Altarena Playhouse, the innovative creativity of the author, Bobbi Fagone, runs rampant. This isn't mere smile and chuckle stuff, it's guffaws and belly laughs all the way. Indeed, THUNDERBABE is truly one of the most refreshing, delightful, and uproariously funny shows to hit the boards anywhere in a long, long time." Tom Billings, Contra Costa Times, July 8, 2005

"Bobbi Fagone wrote this spunky comedy which had the Theatre on San Pedro Square audience cheering for its you-go-mom-style empowerment more than once Thursday night. Sure, it’s not Shakespeare, but it is a plucky little show about finding your inner super girl." .Karen D'Souza, San Jose Mercury News, May 26, 2007

Because of its super hero genre, the show has wide audience appeal. But it resonates especially with middle-aged women. One review described the show as "Menopause the Musical meets The Incredibles.” According to the League of American Theatres and Producers, 66 percent of people who buy Broadway theater tickets are 35 years of age and older and 63 percent are women. We think this is why many women who saw THUNDERBABE came back to see it multiple times and brought their girlfriends, too.

"Tongue-in-cheek humor abounds and the play tackles serious subjects without taking itself too seriously. It explores the challenges of motherhood, aging, romance versus reality and, most of all, what it really means to be happy." Johyné Taylor Hill, Alameda Sun, July 14, 2005

"THUNDERBABE brings a new dimension to the superhero genre." Marianne Messina, Metro, May 23, 2007

 

 

 

 
 
 
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