If you are prudent in retirement, you might just have more money than you really need in your golden years. That’s the case for widow Angela Drayton (Susan Moring) in the light romantic comedy “Spreading it Around” now playing at the Ocala Civic Theatre in their Signature Series.
Angela lives in a senior citizen complex where Martin Wheeler (Bill Collins) has become the ‘resident’ handyman since his wife passed away. She is acutely aware of “Senior Scams” but would like to do something to help the less fortunate. Why not establish a fund that she can personally decided that the recipients are legitimately needy? She does, and has no trouble finding other seniors to contribute financially.
All should be well, but her scheming son Larry (Jeff Cole) and wife Traci-with-an-i (Laura Zavadsky) are after their ‘fair share’ of Angela’s wealth first. As a comedy team, they are right on the mark.
Moring is a veteran actress more known for drama than comedy. She teams up nicely with Collins who is making his OCT debut.
Sounds like a formula plot, but it is not. Playwright Londos D’Arrigo has a knack for twists that make this show a pleasure to watch.
Director Fred Mullen has a long list of credits in both acting and directing in the local area and brings that background into making the right decisions for character development. He now lives near Nashville and is a Guest Director.
Ensemble reactions and line pickups (with a few exceptions) are excellent.
Initial blocking of Martin needs some review. Dee Collier readily handles the caneo role of the psychoanalyst.
“Spreading it Around” is a showing specially designed for seniors and several of the shows are matinees at 2 pm. The show is a delightful way to spend an afternoon enjoying a pleasant comedy. For specific details, please click on the icon on the left.