The Madwoman in the Volvo

The Madwoman in the Volvo

The Madwoman in the Volvo

By Sandra Tsing Loh
Directed by Lisa Peterson
Special Presentation · Peet’s Theatre
December 13, 2016–January 15, 2017

Running time: 90 minutes, no intermission

NPR personality and best-selling memoirist Sandra Tsing Loh takes the driver’s seat and slams the engine into overdrive in her hilarious, enlightening, and totally candid road trip through the triple M’s—middle-age, menopause, and motherhood. Joined onstage by noted actors Caroline Aaron and Shannon Holt, who portray everyone from her BFFs to her ex-husband, lover, therapist, daughters, and more, Loh recounts her tumultuous journey that starts with a spontaneous trip to Burning Man. The LA Times declares The Madwoman in the Volvo “is bracing in its witty sociological commentary and its refusal to accept clichéd notions of biology as destiny.”

Creative team

Sandra Tsing Loh · Playwright
Lisa Peterson · Director
Rachel Hauck · Scenic Design
Candice Cain · Costume Design
Geoff Korf · Lighting Design
Lindsay Jones · Original Music and Sound Design
Jerry Patch · Dramaturg
Marcy Victoria Reed · Stage Manager


Sandra Tsing Loh · Sandra
Caroline Aaron · Actor A
Shannon Holt · Actor B

Funny and, more important, warm and earnest…The show triumphs through sheer honesty and intimacy…It’s a true treat for audiences that [Sandra Tsing Loh] and director Lisa Peterson tweaked the format, creating a kind of solo show with two helpers. Playing a variety of small parts, Caroline Aaron and Shannon Holt make delectable contributions.”

San Francisco Chronicle

Witty and lighthearted…[Sandra Tsing Loh] has always turned her foibles into belly laughs, from Aliens in America to Sugar Plum Fairy. Now she’s hit the mother lode of manic laughter with a meandering free fall into the fevers of midlife…Loh has a piercing eye for detail and a flair for self-exposure that makes this confessional show pop.”

Mercury News / Bay Area News Group

Get yourself to Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s Peet’s Theatre to see The Madwoman in the Volvo, Sandra Tsing Loh’s disarmingly humorous exploration of her midlife mania…Whether she’s leading the audience in a pre-show Trump frustration scream, tossing Ricola lozenges to coughing audience members or spilling details of her most intimate personal life, Loh has a monologist’s bravery.”

Theater Dogs

Watch now

Official trailer: The Madwoman in the Volvo

Get a sneak peek at Sandra Tsing Loh’s comic romp through a midlife crisis.

“Menopause Nation”

Sandra Tsing Loh’s lively TEDx Talk touches on the themes of her play The Madwoman in the Volvo.

Teaser: The Madwoman in the Volvo

Get a glimpse of Sandra Tsing Loh’s hilarious and candid road trip through middle-age.

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