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Sean is a randy old cowboy and Molly is a bookish “antique” feminist. Can they make a late-in-life love match? That’s the question tackled by local journalist Lesley Hughes and amateur actor John Stratton in their character-driven, talk-heavy dramedy. There’s lots of barbed banter between the two that then morphs into real sweetness and depth as we watch their soul connection take hold. But the affair is inexplicably sexless. It’s never quite clear why the two have only a platonic relationship, which is a deal-breaker for Sean. For a play filled with horny-geezer jokes, it misses an opportunity to explore the sexuality of older women.

Even at an hour, the play needs tightening, especially the slow scene changes, Molly’s slightly repetitive monologue and the arty video fantasy bit. But, there are also some inventive moments, like the texting sequence, where the script shines especially. It’s endearing and fun — and you might see former premier Gary Filmon make a cameo as Molly’s date, which is worth the $10 ticket price alone.

— Mary Agnes Welch

 

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Director: Harry Nelken

Sean and Molly are savvy seniors sideswiped by love.

Molly has sworn off relationships, while Sean has a trail of lovers who have disappointed him. Their chance meeting in a coffee shop evolves into a unique closeness but over time, their feelings diverge. Molly longs for "the whole embrace," but much as he loves her, Sean is looking for "the perfect woman".

With time running out, what choices will they make?

Audience Classification: Mature

Length: 60 mins.

Tickets: $10

Warnings: Coarse Language, Sexual Content

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