The Larne Drama Circle is bring ‘The Cemetery Club’, directed by Jay Alexander, to the McNeill Theatre on Wednesday 16, Thursday 17 and Friday November 18.
The Cemetery Club is a touching story about three superannuated, feuding Jewish women.
It has been praised widely as poignant, wise and gloriously witty. It has been described by some as “Steel Magnolias” meets “The Golden Girls”.
Three women, Ida (Michelle King), Doris (Lucinda McCluskey) and Lucille (Alison McCubbin) have known each other for years.
Having reached widowhood, they meet at Ida’s New York house to remember the good times and then trundle off to the cemetery to visit their late husbands’ graves.
Doris defines contentment: Her husband’s memory is enough for her, and she channels most of her energy into indignation about the cemetery’s lousy upkeep.
Lucille hunts for clothing bargains and men with equal gusto and considers all of it invigorating payback for her deceased husband’s infidelity.
At first, Ida is as frozen in time as Doris is, but she begins to wonder if it might finally be time to say good-bye to the monthly cemetery visit and leave room for ‘the next chapter’.
Sam (Jim Shields), the neighborhood butcher, coins that phrase to describe his own efforts to get over the loss of his wife.
To Lucille, this eligible bachelor is a possible conquest. To Doris, he’s a scoundrel on the prowl and can’t be trusted. To Ida, he might be the man she’s ready to let into her life.
Geriatric dating antics ensue. You really can’t begin to imagine the effect a parcel of chicken livers can have on the most docile of women!
Everything appears to be going swimmingly until Mildred (Maude Craig) appears on the scene to give the ladies a run for their money.
The Cemetery Club is a humorous and touching play, packed with barbed quips and one-liners.
Join the Larne Drama Cirlce for an evening of fun, laughter and maybe the odd tear.
Tickets are £7 and booking is now open at Larne Visitor Information Centre (Narrow Gauge Road, Larne, BT40 1XB - 028 2826 2450).