Enterprise-Record (Chico)

Hope springs eternal in `The Cemetery Club'

- By Verda Mackay

A hilarious and heartwarmi­ng comedy “The Cemetery Club,” performs at Chico Theater Company, 166 Eaton Road in Chico, March 10-April 2. This was an American comedy film in 1993, directed by Bill Duke, which won awards.

Chico Theater Company's version of this captivatin­g play is directed by David Bristow and Christi Harrington. This is a story of three Jewish widows from Queens, New York City, who cling to the memories of their deceased husbands. They have created their sisterhood of friendship over the years.

Ida (Kathy Edson) is slowly beginning to realize she still has a full life ahead. Doris (J.J. Hunt) clings to the memory of her late husband. Lucille (Sandy Huseth) the third member of this Cemetery Club, imagines herself a seductive vamp who believes in “playing the field.”

Each month the threesome journey to the cemetery to “talk” to their respective late husbands. It is during a vigil they meet Sam (Bill Harrington), the local butcher, a widower also paying his respects.

What follows are unpredicta­ble and hilarious events in this comedy/drama as each widow comes to terms with her life. Who finally captures Sam's affections? Why did Sam bring Mildred (Jessica Heater) to another friend's wedding? How did they all come to the conclusion that memories may be long, but life is short and meant to be lived to the fullest?”

“The Cemetery Club” is filled with humor which can keep audiences roaring with laughter. Tickets for this great comedy with heart are for non-musical at adult $22, senior/youth $20. Purchase at www.chicotheat­rer. com. For informatio­n call CTC at 8943282.

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