Assisted Living: The Musical is performed by its authors Rick Compton and Betsy Bennett. The show promises “The Tales Granny Will Never Tell” and it delivers.
The show romps through the “best years of their lives” at Pelican Roost, an active senior living community, where 70-something is the new 20-something, only with looser skin. The place oozes with characters, each with unique answers to later life’s questions.
“It’s like a cruise,” explains Pelican Roost resident Naomi Lipschitz-Yamamoto-Murphy, “except the final destination is not The Bahamas.” Naomi is one of 18-characters played by the two actors.
The show’s authors have a different take on aging than some. “Old age is no more about fixed incomes and disability than youth is about student debt and hangovers,” says Rick Compton.
“Imagine a world in which no one expects you to work, no one can get pregnant, and where you get a 20% discount just for being alive,” Betsy Bennett says. “That’s Assisted Living.”