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