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Stage West Community Playhouse to open season with sex comedy

Michael and Susan Parker may be British born, but their comedy-farces are pure American — Hotbed Hotel set in the Florida Keys, The Sensuous Senator set in Washington, D.C., Sin, Sex and the C.I.A. set in backwoods Virginia, to name a few — and, not surprisingly, they have become favorites with audiences and actors alike, especially in community theaters, where everyone enjoys zany physical comedy and big belly laughs.

Perhaps that's why Stage West Community Playhouse is opening its 2013-14 season with Michael and Susan Parker's Sex Please, We're Sixty, a "turn about is fair play" comedy aimed squarely at senior citizens, a big portion of the local clientele (and an obvious play on the legendary No Sex, Please, We're British).

It takes place in an unnamed, but very American state, where Mrs. Stancliffe (Karen Doxey, HAMI as Mrs. Banks in Barefoot in the Park) owns and operates the Rose Cottage Bed & Breakfast, a frilly, charming little place that mainly caters to ladies of a certain age who come to relax and perhaps find romance. That's just fine with Mrs. Stancliffe's randy neighbor, Bud "the Stud" Davis (Bill Scott, Duke in Man of LaMancha), who is happy to woo them all.

The Rose Cottage's other neighbor is retired chemist Henry Mitchell (Gary Depp, HAMI for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), who has concocted an answer to Viagra, called Venusia, a pill to increase the libido of women over 60. Bud the Stud manages to get some of the Venusia and makes plans to slip it to three Rose Cottage guests: Victoria Ambrose (Terri Marwood), a romance novelist with little romance in her life; Hillary Hudson (Jacki Scott), an elegant, charming pal of Henry's who is in on his scheme; and Charmaine Beauregard (Rose DeAngelo, Beryl in Bus Stop), who really doesn't need any boost to her amorous inclinations.

When Bud confuses his own Viagra pills with the Venusia pills, he begins to act like a stereotypical (did we mention that the Parkers simply adore stereotypes?) menopausal woman, mood swings, hot flashes and all — and the mayhem begins.

Sex Please, We're Sixty has been called The Golden Girls meet Grumpy Old Men, even though the script indicates there's very little grumpiness, but plenty of golden moments.

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