Sex Please We're Sixty

By Michael Parker and Susan Parker
Presented through special arrangement with Samuel French

Farce

Directed by Peter Kao
September 15 to October 1, 2017

Mrs. Stancliffe’s Rose Cottage Bed & Breakfast is a cozy, popular weekend spot—especially among women of a certain age. Bud Davis, the Casanova next door, claims the inn is successful because those women come back year after year to enjoy his company. Uptight Mrs. Stancliffe and her gentleman caller Henry Mitchell disagree, but the weekend’s three female guests (romance writer Victoria Ambrose, clear-headed Hillary Hudson, and southern belle Charmaine Beauregard) may just prove Bud right after all.

Mistaken identities, bad backs, slammed doors, and an untested libido-enhancing drug make for one seriously silly, saucy comedy.


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September 15 - 17

7:30 PM

7:30 PM*

2:00 PM

September 22 - 24

7:30 PM

3:30 / 7:30 PM

2:00 PM*

September 29 - October 1

7:30 PM

2:00* / 7:30 PM

2:00 PM

*Pay What You Can Performance

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Adult

$27.00

Student/Senior/Military

$24.00

Subscriber Rate

$21.00

Group Rate

$21.00

Educational Group Rate

$10.00


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Cast 

Ruth Caves

Victoria Ambrose

Diane Kallas

Hillary Hudson

Ann Lambert

Charmaine Beauregard

Joe Nettesheim

Henry Mitchell

Bonnie Rohn

Mrs. Stancliffe

Gary Rohn

Bud Davis

Production Staff 

Peter Kao

Director

Evan Crain

Scenic Designer / Master Carpenter

Nicole Allee

Stage Manager

Gene Schuldt

Choreographer

Rebecca Ledger

Costume Designer

Kayla Rossa

Costume Designer

Colin Gawronski

Lighting Designer

David Kaye

Sound Designer

Susan Zuern

Properties Designer

‘Sex Please We’re 60’ plays tired refrain

Waukesha Civic’s play’s highlight is when men go through menopause
By JULIE MCHALE - TimeOut Theater Critic
September 21, 2017

WAUKESHA — There are certain periods in a person’s life cycle where they are targeted as sources of amusement. One seldom hears jokes about babies, children and people younger than 40. But as soon as we hit the big four-oh, duck! The cards go through beer bellies, menopausal symptoms, loss of energy and sexual vigor, failing memory, and absence of attractiveness.

The comedy playing at the Waukesha Civic Theatre, “Sex Please We’re Sixty,” assumes that all people over 60 are sex-starved, that all women in the throes of menopause are almost dysfunctional and that all men are needier than women.

This cliché-ridden drama takes place in a resort, typically used by women for a little rest and recreation. It is run by the too-bland Mrs. Stancliffe (Bonnie Rohn), who for some mysterious reason is seen to be a “catch” by an annoyingly persistent Henry Mitchell (Joe Nettesheim), who comes by each day with his bouquet of flowers and tired marriage proposal. Perhaps they deserve each other.

The other male character is the ego-inflated Bud Davis (Gary Rohn), who continues to believe that he is Bud the Stud, despite all evidence to the contrary. He presents himself and his availability to all the female residents, and amazingly enough sometimes finds a willing sucker. They deserve each other, too.

The three women house guests on the premises at the moment include Hillary Hudson, a romance novelist, (Diane Kallas); Victoria Ambrose (Ruth Caves), a scientist of sorts; and the attractive, but vacuous Southern confection, Charmaine Beauregard (Ann Lambert).

Henry has a potent pill he has concocted, which is supposed to increase women’s libido. He wants to use these women as guinea pigs, and he engages the help of Victoria to accomplish his scheme. His main goal is to lure the stand-offish Mrs. Stancliffe into being more receptive to him. His plan soon backfires, however, when Bud’s stash of Viagra pills is switched for Henry’s female brew, and Bud the Stud is suddenly turned into a blathering menopausal mess.

Frankly, this was the only funny scene in the whole play. It would be like watching a man go through pregnancy and childbirth, a fantasy women sometimes have. It did dramatize the fact that on many levels men and women will never fully understand the opposite sex and, of course, that fact provides much fodder for the comedic industry.

However, the script itself lacked all nuance, and to me, was, therefore, somewhat tedious. In the acting department, Gary Rohn and Lambert gave their roles the most credibility. Nettesheim got better as the play wore on. On the whole, however, the cast had little to work with. The audience was mildly amused at best. This was like a tired joke that goes on too long.

Granted, there is some truth in all stereotypes, but there are many more exceptions, which Playwrights Michael and Susan Parker apparently didn’t want to deal with. Director Peter Kao apparently saw more depth of meaning in this piece than I did and apparently those who left the theater at the intermission.

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Month 12, 2017

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