“The Second Time Around” Opens Oct. 20
"The Second Time Around" Opening Oct. 20th
What happens when a 60-something widow and widower decide to cohabitate without getting married, just to keep their Social Security benefits? Think their kids would go along?
Find out when “The Second Time Around” begins the Charlotte Players 2017-18 season at the Langdon Playhouse in Port Charlotte. The comedy opens on Friday, Oct. 20, the first of six performances at the black box theater located inside the Community Theater Center, 1182 Market Street, Port Charlotte.
“As you might imagine, the kids and their spouses hit the ceiling,” said Co-director Jerry Jones, who also plays Samuel, the widower. “The second generation is having nervous fits, and it’s really fun to watch.”
Along with Paula Pender, Jones is directing six other characters: Laura, Sam’s paramour (J. J. Juliano); Sam’s daughter Cynthia (Wendi Scianna), who is married to her ex-analyst, Dr. Albert Morse (Kirk Roberts), a stuffy neurotic; Laura’s son Michael (Mike Moody), whose wife (Robin Jenkins) is paranoid about food additives and their sexual performance; and Cynthia and Dr. Morse’s son Bruce (Kevin Moody).
Chris Smith does his usual top-notch job as the set designer, with other Players veterans Steve Pignataro as stage manager, Jan Grenier as prop manager and Pamela Jones as a costume supervisor.
Evening shows start at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $9 for students, and may be ordered at the Charlotte Players website (www.charlotteplayers.org) or by calling 941-255-1022. The Langdon is an intimate, 80-seat theater, so reservations are recommended.
“Every character has some great lines,” Jones said. “(Henry) Denker’s play is from an era of playwrights including Neil Simon and Woody Allen in their prime. The dialogue is crisp, clever, subtle and intelligent. I think audiences will appreciate and enjoy the nuance of each character. This is a great play to kick off the season. It’ll be fun for the audience, for the cast, for everybody.”
Author Henry Denker was a prolific writer of novels, radio shows, television shows, movie scripts, and plays. Six of his plays were produced on Broadway, including this one.