Love, Money, and Heart Attacks in Aspirin & Elephants

By Natasha Lewin

From l, Michael Marinaccio, Kip Gilman, and Todd Cattell in “Aspirin & Elephants.”

From l, Michael Marinaccio, Kip Gilman, and
Todd Cattell in “Aspirin & Elephants.”

For better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, sometimes marriage just doesn’t go as planned. We may come to learn our spouse is a louse or sickness might take its toll, but at the end of the day, it’s ultimately love that can weather any storm. Horse and carriage, love and marriage — this is the theme of veteran TV writer and playwright Jerry Meyer’s comedy Aspirin & Elephants.

On a 35th anniversary cruise, parents Honey and Junior invite their two daughters and their respective disrespectful husbands to join in celebration. Junior — played by the quick-witted Kip Gilman — is suffering from the shake-up of a recent heart attack. Honey must stand stoic as those closest to her fall apart: One daughter wants a divorce from her narcissistic husband, Scott (wonderfully played by Todd Cattell), while another daughter tries to find the balance with an underemployed and oversexed spouse.

From sibling rivalry to pre-emptive strikes on the ‘til-death-do-we-part pact, Aspirin & Elephants reveals the many complexities of six different people ensnared in the web of marriage.

Aspirin & Elephants debuted 25 years ago at the Santa Monica Playhouse and is currently running through Jan. 26 on Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. & Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $29; $22.50 for students, teachers, seniors, and the military. Group rates available. For tickets and information, call the Santa Monica Playhouse Box Office (310) 394-9779 ext. 1 or buy online at SantaMonicaPlayhouse.com.