“Bagels” Delivers Laughs

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Jake (Morry Schorr) is enthralled when he hears Rachel (LB Zimmerman)

Filled with snappy one-liners and fine acting, Art Shulman’s new play “Bagels” is “American Pie” for senior adults, an entertaining look at frisky seniors on the prowl for love and sex.
It focuses on the exploits of older adults Jake Goldberg (Morry Schorr) and Rachel Fine (LB Zimmerman), who rejoin the dating scene after losing their longtime spouses. Along with the typical jitters of meeting and getting to know someone and finding the “right” partner, each worries over not getting enough sex or giving too much away. Both find that electronic dating brings pluses, as well as potential disaster, when confronted with constant interruptions by previous dating partners (Patrick Skelton and Diane Frank).
Shulman brings a nice flow to the dialogue, sprinkled with quips and cogent comments on relationships but seems to focus the play on sex and how to get it. It’s great to see a production written strictly for older actors but the sex angle grows old quickly, whatever the age of the cast.
Zimmerman and Schorr possess fine chemistry as the couple, building on each other’s timing and reactions. Their conversations seem relaxed and natural. Zimmerman’s Rachel is a no-nonsense, direct and passionate woman, a good fit for Schorr’s self absorbed, thoughtless, though funny, Jake. Skelton brings a flirty charm to the caddish Nigel and Frank gives sympathy to the “way out” Karen.
Quick-witted and well-acted, “Bagels” hilariously presents older adults rejoining the dating scene and looking for action.

“Bagels” plays Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm through March 21 at the Secret Rose Theatre (11246 Magnolia Blvd. in North Hollywood). Tickets are $22, $17 for seniors, and $10 for students with ID. For more information, call (877) 620-7673, ext. 8, or visit www.secretrose.com.

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