By Debbie Kagy
To most of the world, death is no laughing matter. It is a time to grieve, reevaluate life, and come to terms with the future. Sexy Widows settles into this reality with the added humor of the awkward situations presented to those left behind. With the help of a support group and their inner voices, two widows and two widowers take the precious steps to Keep on Goin’ and live.
The lost and lonely Della is beautifully played by Kit Smythe, while Hank Adams charms the audience with his smooth voice and cocky demeanor. Karen Culliver really sparkled in the role of Brenda. Robert Towers is hilarious as the joyous Charley, bounding around the stage with comedic vigor. The production is calmly guided by the Voice, played by Derrel Maury. Bobbi Stamm and Larry Lederman round out the cast with their zany characters chock full of sympathy and advice for the grieving widows.
Cate Caplin directs the stellar cast and seamlessly melds her choreography with Sean Paxton’s musical direction to create a feel-good vibe reminiscent of classic television. Even though the Sexy Widows are advanced in age, their youthful spirit and energy is contagious and the audience will find themselves grooving along.
Creators June August and Sonny Fox spent six years developing Sexy Widows and it shows. Together they created original music that emotes and excites. The characters are fully developed and vibrant, and the comedy is spot on. The heart of the story is in seeing the humor not in spite of, but in light of death.
Sexy Widows runs Thursday, June 7, and Friday, June 8, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 9, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the 24th Street Theater located at 1117 W. 24th St. in Los Angeles. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com/event/352395 or by calling (818) 203-1984