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Golden Girls drag parody comes to Tybee Post Theater

Golden Girls drag parody comes to Tybee Post Theater

By Sean Kelly/Connect Savannah

Everyone loves The Golden Girls, right? The iconic 80s sitcom, starring the late Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty, and of course the immortal and mega-beloved Betty White, was a massive hit with an even more massive legacy.

It’s a show that has woven its stars into the fabric of American television history. The Golden Girls has a continued life in reruns that most shows will never experience.

Just when there seemingly wasn’t anything new left to add to the immeasurable Golden Girls legacy, along came the Kansas City Late Night Theatre to do just that.

The theater group has been staging Golden Girls Gone Wild, a live parody starring four men in drag as the show’s legendary characters, for several years throughout the country. Read More

Doubt: You decide;  Savannah Community Theatre brings ‘parable’ of our times to Tybee Post

Doubt: You decide; Savannah Community Theatre brings ‘parable’ of our times to Tybee Post

By Ji Morekis/Connect Savannah

THE STAGING of Doubt: A Parable by Savannah Community Theatre is certainly timely, given recent headlines.

“News broke about that all that stuff that happened in Pennsylvania about a week and a half after we decided to do the show,” producer Tom Coleman says, referring to last year’s report that the predatory activities of over 300 priests had been covered up by the Catholic Church in that state.

“It was eery.”

However, the decision to produce Doubt – an ambiguous character study taking place in a Catholic school in 1960s New York City – came about for a bit more mundane reason. The play, written by John Patrick Shanley, was one that Coleman’s friend and fellow theatre maven Carl Rosengart had urged Coleman to do. So they agreed to team up together as director and producer to add it to Savannah Community Theatre’s season at Tybee Post Theater. Read More:

Savannah Community Theatre performs Tony Award winner at Tybee Post Theater

Savannah Community Theatre performs Tony Award winner at Tybee Post Theater

By Kim Wade/SMN

John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt: A Parable” won the Tony Award for Best Play and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama before being made into a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams and Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

Now this powerful drama will make its way to the Tybee Post Theater with Savannah Community Theatre Feb. 1 to 3.

Local favorite and Savannah Community Theatre founder, Tom Coleman III, will direct this impressive lineup of local actors. He is actually stepping in for injured director Carl Rosengart, but Rosengart has remained plugged in to help bring this show to Tybee audiences. Read more:

Are you 60 and like sex? You’ll love this play!

Are you 60 and like sex? You’ll love this play!

This production has been cancelled due to Hurricane Florence.

By Nancy Wellard/IslandPacket

You need not have experienced sporadic memory loss, hormonal upsets, hot flashes or even passed your 60th year to laugh your head off at “Sex Please, We’re Sixty!”

But there is no doubt that based on the suppressed giggles and loud, raucous whoops, many in the packed house clearly fit that profile.

Theatergoers may know the creative work of the Florida playwrights Michael and Susan Parker, who wrote the play. The British born couple, now living in Florida, have a list of enormously successful plays. I bring this up because their British beginnings seem to add a wonderful kind of English drawing room comedy/farce element to this fast paced, slightly screwball piece.

Funny, filled with energy and a bit raunchy, the evening handles, among other things, libidos, trysts, and little blue pills. There is also a leit motif dealing with life issues, determining futures, venturing on in life, and values.

The storyline, set in the present, begins in Mrs. Stancliffe’s Rose Cottage Bed & Breakfast somewhere in the South..

Mrs. Stancliffe, (Kay Owen) herself a mature woman, is anticipating the arrival and return visit of three women who have ripened, come of age or are in their prime and are revisiting their southern weekend outing.

Mrs. Stancliffe, rigid and somewhat inflexible, is something of an OCD hostess, compulsively checking the time and organizing the books, the registrations or the iced tea table. The visitors arrive individually. We meet Victoria Ambrose (Connie Hoskins) a successful romance novelist who is suffering something of a literary block and feels unable to put the finishing touches on her latest book; Charmaine Beauregard, (Carol Miller) a Southern belle with a drawl so broad you could drive a John Deere tractor right through it, who is looking for a little spice in her life; and Hillary Hudson (Anne Helm), a kind of insider who appears to share the others’ interest in enjoying the setting and even possibly a little U-turn on the highway of life.

Very early on you’ll meet Bud Davis ( JT Chinn) who calls himself Bud “The Stud.” He thinks he’s quite the Lothario or Casanova as he shuffles around the cottage displaying a serious Quasimodo “my back’s out” posture, while he is focused on getting to know any of these Cottage guests … in a Biblical way. He lets us know that he’d be more specific about the women, with whom he shares a history, if he could only remember who they might have been, and oh, their names.

The other man in our story is Henry Mitchell (Michael Ryan), a man of substance, a retired chemist and a neighbor who has truly been hopeful for a serious and permanent future as the husband of the prickly Mrs. Stancliffe, a widow of some 20 years. He proposes daily, and she has for years and years, turned him down.

Henry and Bud are friends, of course, and its not long after Bud describes his particular interest in the cluster of female possibilities before Henry mentions to Bud that he has developed a kind of female medicinal formulation, a little blue pill that he calls Venusia. When he describes its properties, we, in the audience, can absolutely anticipate what is about to happen.

Needless to say, there is lots of activity — choreographed entrances and exits, slamming doors, and pratfalls particularly — when the bottles and their contents emerge at various locations and around the iced tea table.

Those same magical little bottles, along with their contents and positioning, become a kind of star of the show, and in so doing, take our story along another path.

Directed by Margy Oehlert, “Sex Please, We’re Sixty!” becomes the entertaining outcome of the creative collaboration of Coastal Stage Productions founding partners, Rodney Vaughn and Luke Cleveland, with the support of the crew members and of course, the excellent cast.