The Secret of Fifty… Reveals How to Turn Over a New Leaf

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Vince Cefalu.

Part scatological monologue, part confessional, The Secret of Fifty, Fatherhood and Facebook humorously yet touchingly reveals one man’s journey into adulthood. For Vince Cefalu, hitting 50 is an opportunity to be a better man.

Cefalu possesses a biting, profane sense of humor, ripping into the superficial aspects of modern life and his own problems in a series of monologues. He sarcastically lampoons contemporary society, and himself, for engaging in sometimes frivolous pursuits like Facebook and the drive for success, instead of focusing on the meat and potatoes of life, friendships and family. As he matures into a more caring, thoughtful man, his values and attitudes change.

While full of scathingly funny critiques in the first half, the second half of the piece becomes too earnest and upbeat, losing some of its punch. Cefalu demonstrates his sensitive side by emotionally revealing his vulnerabilities and feelings, but loses the hard edge of the first half of the production. However, the change in mood does effectively demonstrate how his dark and destructive habits reflected the people around him, and as he grows up and becomes more positive, his life reflects it.

Cefalu maintains good rhythm in both choreography and acting, pacing, building to a beat, and knowing when to pause.

Production work helps differentiate the topics through effective lighting and music cues, adding atmosphere to the proceedings.

Filled with adult language and situations, The Secret of Fifty, Fatherhood and Facebook powerfully captures the messiness of one man’s daily struggles.

“The Secret of Fifty, Fatherhood and Facebook” will play Friday and Saturday nights September 3 through October 9 at the Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks. Tickets will cost $20. For reservations, call (866) 811-4111, or visit www.theatermania.com. For further information, call 818/207-2640.

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