Thursday, April 12, through Sunday, April 22
Richmond Hill Barn Theatre, 600 Robinson Drive, Geneseo IL
In celebration of its golden anniversary, the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre turned to its patrons to choose titles for the venue's 50th season. And Geneseo audiences were clearly in the mood for celebrating of the funny and feisty sort, as Richmond Hill's 2018 lineup begins with the April 12 through 22 return of Sex Please, We're 60, a madcap slapstick farce that The Californian described as “fast-paced and hilarious” and BroadwayWorld.com called “a bawky, rollicking romp” in which “you will relate and laugh yourself silly.”
Authors Michael and Susan Parker's comedy finds Mrs. Stancliffe's Rose Cottage B&B a huge success, with “mature” female guests returning year after year, and the proprietor's elderly neighbor Bud “The Stud” Davis mistakenly believing that the ladies are returning for romantic liaisons with him. Meanwhile, Mrs. Stancliffe's other neighbor, a would-be suitor named Henry, is a retired chemist who has developed a blue pill called Venusia, designed to increase the libidos of meopausal women. When the women mix up Bud's Viagra with Henry's Venusia, the men's worlds turn upside down complete with hot flashes and mood swings, resulting in unpredictable escapades and, according to the Erie Times-News, “a very funny giggle-fest.”
Serving as Sex Please, We're 60's director is Richmond Hill veteran Eugenia Giebel, who also helmed the theatre's productions of Light Up the Sky, The Melville Boys, and In-Laws, Outlaws, & Other People (That Should Be Shot), and has appeared in such comedies as Christmas Belles, Dearly Beloved, and December's Doublewide, Texas. Michaela Giebel-Moore portrays Mrs. Stancliffe opposite Harold Truitt and Patrick Kelley, respectively, as Bud and Henry, and the show's ensemble is completed by Jessica Moore, Terry Nelson, and Suzanne Rakestraw as Mrs. Stancliffe's B&B guests.
Sex Please, We're 60 runs Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m., and tickets are $12. For more information and to reserve, call (309)944-2244 or visit RHPlayers.com.