All in the Timing
“If you are older than I, thank you for beating the bushes and leaving a trail,” says McCall. “If you are younger than I, think of me as waiting for you on the other side of your mid-life crisis. If you are my peer, welcome to the Bar Car. Drinks are on the house.” – Tulis McCall, At Your Service
At one point McCall tells us her favorite bedtime reading is the Oxford English Dictionary. Not implausible. What she does with a single sentence – words, tone, and countenance has the eloquence of faces on Charles Schulltz drawing….Having observed everyday occurrences with the gimlet eye of a storyteller, she stands before us stripped bare and merciless against walk-around politesse. Why must I be preoccupied with this, she questions, what happened to hopes and dreams? “All in Good Time” was directed by Jon Lonoff. Together they have created a seamlessly natural, extremely personal, highly affecting piece. Read More
Listen too closely to Tulis McCall’s hilarious and wise words about the pains of growing older, and you risk overlooking the wonderful physical comedy that accompanies them. Two parts agita and one-part Hokey Pokey, that’s what it’s all about. Read More
Seated on a bar stool on a bare stage, drink in hand, Tulis McCall is “At Your Service” in a wise‑cracking, truth‑telling Public Service Announcement about aging gracefully (well, hopefully). “You know you’re getting older when you look at old photos of your parents and think ‘Wow, they were young’; then you look at old photos of yourself and think the same thing…” she says. “I have my father’s nose. I have my mother’s lips – none.” Read More
Tulis McCall’s one-woman show Are You Serious? — A Woman of a Certain Age Inquires is one of those rare gems you come across in theatre. Her show is a 50-minute look at the inevitable passing of time and how she found herself unprepared to be a woman of a certain age, or WCA. McCall is hilarious and thoughtful, with a brutal honesty that makes you sit up and notice. I wasn’t the only one who walked away with a bit of a changed outlook on life. Not only is she a WCA, but also a passionate and strong playwright and performer not to be missed! Read More
McCall’s one woman show Are You Serious?, running Sundays through the end of March at the Cornelia Street Café (where it has been charming audiences since late 2016), is a tale of standing in your truth while looking backwards and forwards, balancing regret with blow jobs and orgasms and periods and being invisible. The 50-minute monologue explores the middle age shift in the universe while she lives through it, becoming a woman people don’t notice or ask or pay attention to or care about. Read More
And then there is the spectacular Tulis McCall, whose show also dives into the questions that no one wants to talk about: aging, and even worse, death. Are You Serious? (A Woman of a Certain Age Inquires) is built on decades of musing: aren’t we all really just eight-year-olds walking around, pretending like we know how to be adults? Why doesn’t anyone want to talk about death when surely it’s on our minds all the time? Are You Serious?is frank, funny, and refreshingly honest, tackling tough topics and taking the audience on a verbal roller coaster ride that feels both familiar and terrifying. Read More
All in Good Time is a funny and gently in-your-face rumination that muses on how we ignore and euphemize aging until we reach that tipping point where the future is shorter than the past.
Rounding the third turn on the track? Hoping to get there? In All in Good Time is gifted writer and performer Tulis McCall’s fearless and mordant take on the years ahead—and why we feel about them the way we do.
Folks, I am speechless ….and for those of you who know me, that does not happen very often. So, in short let me just say….if you want the PERFECT antidote for what we have all been going through these past few weeks, I implore you to go and see the beautiful Tulis McCall and her brilliant one woman show. My God!! Talk about putting your life and everything else back into perspective. I came out of there a changed person. It was as hilarious as it was thought provoking. Right now there are (sadly) only two more chances to see her. God-willing, someone will pick this up and give it the extended run it so desperately deserves.
Thirty years ago I produced the LA premiere of Tulis McCall’s one woman show, “Women I Have Known.” I produced it because Tulis was one of the finest writers I’ve ever read and one of the finest actresses I’ve ever known. Thirty years later, nothing has changed. Tulis is a treasure, a glorious gift to the theatre and all you have to do is come and see her new one woman stand up show,’Are You Serious -A Woman of a Certain Age Inquires,’ and you’ll become as big a fan as I am.
I thought you did a masterful acting job, and the writing was insightful, crisp and witty. It’s clear that you’re an experienced and talented theater professional. You are comfortable in your body and use it completely. Your voice too is a wonderful tool in your kit that you use in its full range. Brava.
It was a real treat to watch you last night, but more than that, I felt like you were speaking what I think and feel. Getting older is a bitch that no one prepares you for and that happens in the fucking blink of an eye. I had a great aunt who had Alzheimer’s and died at age 100, 24 years ago. When she was about 85 and just starting the long slide into unknowingness she told me one morning that she was in the bathroom and looked in the mirror and saw an old lady. She was startled and looked around to see who it was and then realized it was her. She was very confused. “How can I be old? I don’t feel any different than I did when I was 25!” I know what she means now. Thank you for giving us WCA’s a voice.