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03.17.2011 | | Posted at 05:54 AM

The Cedarburg Players set to stage the Ivan Menchell comedy

By Russ Bickerstaff
Ivan Menchell�s light comedy The Cemetery Club has had some success over the years. It may have managed to avoid the deeper elements of life, death and aging, but the story of three widows has had more than enough appeal to keep productions of it popping up all over the country. It�s the story of three women who meet for tea once a month prior to going out to visit their late husbands at the c...
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008

Tonight @ the Sunset Playhouse - 7:30 PM

Three Jewish widows meet monthly to visit their husbands graves and enjoy each other’s friendship until an eligible butcher enters the picture and upsets their dynamic in the comedy The Cemetery Club, which the Sunset Playhouse stages tonight at 7:30 p.m. The play is filled with gentle laughs and ample . . .
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008

Theater Reviews

Ida, Lucille and Doris are three women who have something in common: they’re widows who’ve lost their respective husbands within a few years of one another. As members of “The Cemetery Club” they visit their husbands’ graves once a month. There’s clean-up to do around the headstones, news to tell of weddings and grandchildren and memories rekindled along with the pain and grief that resurfaces in the remembering. Sunset Playhouse has created a warm greeting card of a production out of Ivan Menchells’ play The Cemetery Club that opened last week. And as good friends as they are, Menchell has created three very different women, setting the stage for conflict, comedic and otherwise.
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008

Theater Preview

Kopper Bear’s production of Three Viewings, a comedy set around a funeral home, closes Feb. 17 at Sunset Playhouse. Less than a week later, Sunset Artistic Director Mark Salentine directs Ivan Menchell’s comedy The Cemetery Club. It’s the lighthearted story of three aging Jewish widows who meet each month to visit the graves of their late husbands. Doris (Frances Klumb) clings to the memory of her late husband, Lucille (Susan Loveridge) dates as many men as she can and Ida (Sally Marks) tries to find a balance between the two extremes. Previous productions of this episodic comedy have been compared to the style of a sitcom.

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