“An evening of laughter” is how one cast member describes The Neuse Little Theatre’s kick-off to its 40th season.
The season opens with “Sex Please, We’re Sixty,” a farce about the libidos of those in retirement age. Opening night is Sept. 13.
The play features a bed-and-breakfast where most guests are women. The owner, Mrs. Stancliffe, has two male neighbors. One has proposed to her every day without success for the last 20 years. The other, Bud “The Stud” Davis, tries to hook up with most of the female guests. Things take a turn when the two men end up taking pills that cause them to suffer menopausal symptoms.
Audience members might recognize the names of the play’s authors, Susan and Michael Parker. Michael Parker wrote “The Amorous Ambassador,” which the NLT performed last season.
Director Meta Toole said the show is silly, and people will have lots of good laughs.
“It’s not a great, deep drama,” Toole said. “There’s no big moral at the end of the story. It’s just a really good time.”
Toole has faced a unique challenge in directing the show.
“It is a little different for me because I’m directing people who are a little older than I am,” she said, laughing. “I’ve not yet gone through menopause, so it’s a little more interesting for me to try and direct someone how to go through menopause.”
To celebrate its 40th year, the NLT is staging a season of comedies. Toole said the theater’s board chose “Sex Please” after reading its funny synopsis.
“We were looking for something with an older cast, because you don’t really get a whole lot of shows where the main characters are up past 40,” she said. “Sex Please” allowed the NLT to feature some of its veteran actors.
The cast of six features a new face, Betty Harris, who’s doing her first NLT show.
Harris said the rest of the cast and crew have been teaching her the ropes. “They’ve all been wonderful in helping me,” she said.
Harris thinks people will enjoy the play. “It’s a cute comedy, got great actors, and it will be a few hours of fun,” she said.
Darius Rose, who plays Bud “The Stud” Davis, said the show has been fun to rehearse.
“It’s been a hoot simply because it’s hard to get through a scene,” he said. “When I play opposite of Reggie (Parker) ... we can’t even look at each other without cracking up.”
Rose said he was on the fence at first about joining the cast.
“When I first read it, I thought, ‘Hmm, really not sure I want to be in this.’ But it’s funny; it’s just funny,” he said.
“If it doesn’t physically kill me,” Rose added. He has to roll off of a couch multiple times.
Rose said the play isn’t risque, though parents probably shouldn’t bring young children since they wouldn’t understand the humor anyway.
Toole said the play is under two hours long, including intermission.