The Marco Players Theater begins this season with “The Cemetery Club,” a dramatic comedy about three Jewish widows who meet once a month for tea before visiting their husbands’ graves.
Written by Ivan Menchell in 1990, the main characters, friends for years, are deciding on another glass of wine, but their choices parallel a much larger theme: how we face growing old. “And, having lost their husbands, their need for one another creates an even tighter bond which invokes the comedy and pathos of this endearing play,” says Director Anna Segreto.
Doris (Casey Cobb) feels her husband’s memory is enough for her, and on the cemetery’s lousy upkeep, and on Lucille (Nancy Martin), who gives swaggering accounts of the dating scene. Lucille hunts for clothing bargains and men with equal gusto, considering it payback for her late husband’s infidelity.
At first, Ida (Patti Caroli) is frozen in time like Doris, but she wonders if it is time to say good-bye to the cemetery and start “the next chapter.” Sam (Victor Caroli), the neighborhood butcher, coins that phrase about his efforts to get over his wife’s death. To Lucille, he is a possible conquest. To Doris, he’s a scoundrel. To Ida, he might be the man she’s ready to let into her life.
The Cemetery Club is on stage October 26 – November 13 at The Marco Players Theater, Marco Town Center Mall, 1089 N. Collier Blvd. Shows are Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. For tickets ($28 or $30) go to www.TheMarcoPlayers.com or call 239-642-7270.