It's salutary to find a musical revue that disdains youth and casts people who appear fortysomething and fiftysomething. And it's a pleasure to find them sexy, as in style, irony, wit, looks.
"Coming of Age," which continues through Oct. 16 at the West Coast Theatre Ensemble, is a prickly bouquet with a promising future as cabaret theater: It would be apt to take in this trenchant sophistication at a club with a libation in hand.
The creation of silver-haired performer Tony Tanner, the show strongly suggests another current revue about discoveries after 30, "Bittersuite: Songs of Experience," at the Back Alley." Tanner, who wrote the music and lyrics, mixes funny two-character sketches into the 25 numbers, and his material enjoys a certain Dorothy Parker kind of tartness.
The hottest number is the country and Western-garbed B. J. Ward knocking out the vicissitudes of "Timing." Mitch Kreindel carries over his pained "Kvetch" character from the Odyssey in a hilarious sketch of a middle-age husband gathering the nerve to ask his best friend for the hand of his teen-age daughter.