One of our favorite theaters, The Ridgefield Theater Barn in Ridgefield Ct. is now featuring the Connecticut premiere of the comedy “Old Ringers” . The play written by Joe Simonelli , follows 4 older women that are facing the grim reality of an economic downturn. Diane has had her monthly social security check reduced due to error, Cathy Ann has had her hours cut back and their friends Verna and Rose are feeling a similar economic pinch as well. Other than Diane the ladies are feeling a bit light in the romance department as well.
The play which takes place in Diane’s home in the Bronx, also features Amanda the born again Christian daughter of Diane who is shocked by her mother’s bawdy ways and her drinking. The juxtaposition of such opposite characters lends comedy to the setting. With their finances in ruin, and with few options the women find inspiration when a caller dials the wrong number thinking they called a phone sex service. The four women scheme to set up their own phone sex service right in Diane’s house. They draft Harry, Diane’s accountant and boyfriend to be part of their new enterprise. What would possibly go wrong?
The women spring into action and the comedy ramps up as the phone calls roll in and somehow Diane and her friends must keep their new venture a secret from the pious Amanda and her new love interest, a local police officer.
The two act play moves along briskly and the cast of seven actors give a humorous and sometimes madcap comedic performance. Timing is everything, and director Carol Dorn has skillfully guided the cast to execute their lines for maximum effect. The audience roared in laughter throughout the evening. Ms. Dorn has worked in television and film for the last 12 years. Her theater experience is extensive with work both on stage and off stage as a director and a playwright. Her skill as a director is really evident in this production at the Theater Barn and we hope to see her back soon.
The very talented and funny cast includes Sarah J. Ahearn as Amanda , Laurel Lettieri as Rose, Frances McGarry as Diane, Stefanie Rosenberg as Cathy Ann, Linda Seay as Verna, Joshua Adelson as the police officer and Mark Rubino as Harry. The play runs through February 23rd.
The Theater Barn is unique! Arrive one hour before the show and bring your own food and wine. Wine, craft beer and snacks are also available for purchase at the theater. Seating is cabaret style. The small intimate space gives everyone in the audience a great view of the performance. There is nothing like live theater.
Tickets are $35 for adults, and $28 for seniors, students and veterans. Grab some friends and have a night out at the theater.
Ridgefield Theater Barn
37 Halpin Lane Ridgefield Ct
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