Gateway show is ‘belly-laughing, face-hurting, feel good comedy’

By Katie Alicea-Tilton
Citizen Chronicle Theatre Critic

Low libido, sexual innuendos, menopause, hormones, hot flashes and a woman’s ultimate revenge on the male species — what more can one ask for in a hilarious play?

Last night, Gateway Players Theatre opened “Sex Please, We’re Sixty!” written by Michel Parker and Susan Parker, is a sassy filled comedy currently playing at Fellowship Hall at the Elm Street Congregational Church, 61 Elm Street, Southbridge.

The setting takes place at Mrs. Stancliffe’s Red Rose Cottage Bed & Breakfast, located in New England.  Mrs. Stancliffe’s neighbor, Bud “The Stud” Davis, checks in daily at the cottage to see what new “chicks” will be checking into the B&B in hopes of a good time.  All the while, Mrs. Stancliffe’s “gentlemen caller,” Henry Mitchell, is desperately trying to sweep her off her feet.  Bud ends up finding himself in a pickle when he gets a little too friendly with a few too many guests at the cottage, and they team up for the ultimate revenge that will leave everyone in stitches.

“Sex Please, We’re Sixty!” is directed by Lou-Ellen Corkum and produced by Kathi Grenier. It is a small cast of six, but wow did they all do a phenomenal job. Billy Bolster as Bud, the self-proclaimed “Stud,” was on top of his game with his swift moves on the ladies. Joni Metras played the uptight Mrs. Stancliffe with Rom Portwood as the lovestruck Henry Mitchell.  Barb Lammert, in her returning role after a while away from the stage, played romance novelist Victoria Ambrose.  Joan Stewart as Hillary Hudson, the “guinea pig,” and Lynn Boucher as the not so innocent Southern Belle.

The stage is set up like a typical B&B lobby, with beautiful artwork done by local artist Simone Germaine. Major kudos to all the actors for being able to hold their composure in front of an audience and not breakdown laughing.

Just before the performance began, Corkum said a few words and even mentioned that the cast joked about putting adult diapers on all of the seats for the audience, because everyone would laugh that hard.  She wasn’t far off from the truth.

“Sex Please, We’re Sixty!” is a belly-laughing, face-hurting, feel good comedy that I highly recommend. There was a wide variety of age groups in the audience, and the room was filled with laughter. There are still plenty of opportunities to catch the show if anyone is interested, February 10, 16 & 17 at 7:30 “post meridiem” and February 18 at 2:00 “post meridiem.”

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