The Alman Dramatic Club’s
latest production is The Cemetery Club,
Ivan Menchell’s fantastic Jewish-American comedy,
which will run from 23 to 29 April in Alloa’s
Coach House Theatre.
The award-winning play centres on three Jewish widows
in their late fifties and early sixties in New York
who meet once a month for titttle-tattle and tea before
going to visit their husbands’ graves.
This sad ritual connects and strengthens them but also
invites wonderful jokes and one-liners about how each
is handling moving on and what it means to want more
The three ladies are quite different. Ida (played
by Carol Clark) is sweet-tempered and ready to consider
beginning a new life with someone new, Lucille (Rhona
McColl) is a frisky, spirited lady who just wants to
have fun with men while grave-tending Doris (Jean Kendal)
is dull and totally devoted to her late husband.
While visiting the graves they meet Sam (Alan Clark),
a widowed butcher, who soon puts their friendship to
the test. Alman stalwart Senga Awlson plays interloper
Mildred, who also has designs on Sam.
The play has won rave reviews. The Washington Post
said: “An evening of pure pleasure that will make
you glad you went to the theatre."
It was made into a film in the 1990s starring Ellen
Burstyn, Dianne Ladd and Olympia Dukkakis.
The Cemetery Club marks the Alman
Dramatic Club’s 228th play in a later slot than
usual for its Spring production after the withdrawal
of the previously advertised Blithe Spirit.
Director Jim Allan said: “The Cemetery
Club is a sort of “Golden Girls”...but
“It’s a fantastic New York Jewish comedy
and will be a hilarious treat for our audience. It’s
the first time in a long time that this type of play
has been performed by the Alman and I’m delighted
to be able to stage it at the Coach House Theatre.
“The cast are enjoying getting their teeth into
some lovely New York humour and the set is coming on
well. We look forward to welcoming our audiences for
an evening of laughter later this month.”
Gerry Docherty, Artistic Director of the Alman Dramatic
Club, said: “We’re very much looking forward
to staging this warm and humorous play which is a bittersweet
story about love, relationships, friendships, growing
old and the nature of grief. It promises lots of laughs...and
the occasional tear.
“We’re always on the look-out for new
members who want to be involved with a theatre group,
and the more we have, the greater the scope of productions
we can consider. So if you’re interested in joining
us, please get in touch.”
The shows will run at the Coach House Theatre in Alloa,
from Sunday 23rd April to Friday 28th April at 7.30pm.
There will also be a matinee performance at 2.30pm on
Saturday, 29th April.
For tickets, priced £10, go to www.thealman.com