The Little Theatre, Hebden Bridge, celebrates the opening of its 90th season with Neil Simon’s sparkling comedy, “Last of the Red Hot Lovers”.
The title is more than ironic as Barney Cashman tries to escape from his humdrum life with a series of sexual adventures and makes a hash of his attempts in three separate seductions.
Steve Dodwell takes the lead as the hopeful casanova bringing all his comedic skills to bear in his portrayal of Barney – a married man of many years who has worked in the family fish restaurant all his life and has no experience of adultery.
His choice of his mother’s flat for his trysts does not help his guilt-ridden mind and shows how far out of his depth he is.
His chosen women are all very different – Ann Brown plays a world–weary sexpot, Trish Ellis a dotty, aspirant actress and Gill Burns a gloomy and depressed family friend.
Director Ray Riches says: “This is our third Simon play in recent years and this one is just as funny. It will certainly help lift the winter gloom for our audiences.”
Neil Simon’s Last Of The Red Hot Lovers runs from February 24 to March 1 at the Little Theatre, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge (7.30pm) with an additional matinee on the final Saturday at 2.30pm. Tickets are available by ringing 01422 843907, in person at Innovation, Hebden Bridge, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictured above is Stephen Dodwell as Barney Cashman with, from the left, Gillian Burns as Jeanette, Ann Brown as Elaine and Trish Ellis as Bobbi. Picture: Bruce Cutts.