Shows: Javeenbah coaxes laughs from retirement blues ...
AGHOST comes back to haunt her husband in Javeenbah Theatre Company’s hilarious year-ender, Albert Nobbs.
The comedy is about Albert Nobbs who discovers, after a hard life on the grind, that retirement isn’t what he had expected.
While he had dreamed of taking it easy, peaceful days of pottering in the garden are few and far between in the Nobbs’ household.
Instead of smooth sailing into senility, Albert finds himself bored senseless and frustrated by his nagging wife, Connie.
However, Albert’s world is soon turned upside down by his wife’s sudden death. He finds it hard to carry on until Connie returns as a ghost and tries to fix his life.
The nagging continues from beyond the grave as she re-appears and sets about matchmaking her forlorn Albert with her best friend, Rose.
A bittersweet story of love and loneliness, hope and despair, Albert Nobbs is charming and delightful in equal doses. Albert struggles to come to terms with the loss of the woman he loved and a possible new romance.
The local production stars Joel Beskin as Albert, Marie Dickson as wife Connie and Gillian Crow and Wendy Spencer as Albert’s admirers.
Director and Javeenbah regular Jim Dickson says that he hopes audiences will come away from the play with a new outlook on retirement.
Dickson also feels some gentlemen might review their own behaviour after taking in Albert’s story.
‘‘There are very funny moments and sad ones as well, taking the audience from tears to laughter as the story unfolds,’’ he says.
‘‘It’s a touching story that’s really not to be missed.’’
Albert Nobbs plays Javeenbah Theatre, Nerang, Thursdays to Saturdays at 8pm from tomorrow until December 7, with a 2pm matinee on Sunday. Tickets are $25. Call 5596 0300 or visit javeenbah.org.au to book.
(From left) Marie Dickson, Wendy Spencer, Gillian Crow and Joel Beskin star in Javeenbah’s final production for the year,