Say ‘Please’: Mature audiences find no age limit on ‘Sex’

Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 11:59 AM.

LYNN HAVEN — The new production from Kaleidoscope Theatre, “Sex, Please, We’re 60,” is intended for “mature” audiences. But just because the players are older and the subject matter adult-oriented doesn’t mean the humor is above stooping to a little immature playfulness. 

“The title alone conjures up images and humorous situations often experienced by the ‘mature’ generation as they go through yet another stage in their lives,” said Linda Hawk, a longtime Kaleidoscope volunteer who portrays a frustrated romance novelist in this show.

Directed by Barry Hertzog, who recently starred in KT’s production “The Love List,” “Sex, Please, We’re 60” opens tonight for a three-weekend run. As with most screwball comedies, the plot hinges on a complex web of desires vs. misunderstandings.

“The characters created by the cast will have audience members poking each other in the sides and laughing from curtain open to curtain close,” Hertzog said, adding that the humor is not offensive and the play will appeal to ages 18 to 100.

Hawk said that, once she heard the play’s title, she couldn’t pass up the chance to read the script and audition in the hope there would be great roles available for women 50 and older. She wasn’t disappointed, finding the play a “comedy of errors about Viagra, menopause, hot flashes (and) screaming fits of unexplainable fury.”

“The script has come alive, and our cast has gone over the top with the hilarity,” she said. “Though it is a mature comedy with adult language and situations, I like that the play is not a vulgar or offensive production.”

Mrs. Stancliffe’s Rose Cottage Bed & Breakfast has been successful for many years, with guests — almost exclusively women — returning year after year. Stancliffe’s neighbor, the elderly, silver-tongued, Bud “the Stud” Davis (Marco Andrews), believes they all come back to spend time with him. Prim and proper Stancliffe (Alice Haynes) denies this, but doesn’t do anything to prevent it. In fact, she reluctantly accepts that Bud is good for business.

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