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Sex sells: New Bowie play promises to bring the laughs, audience

July 10, 2014

By Chase Cook, The Capital, Annapolis, Md.



July 10--The name of Bowie Community Theatre's new play speaks to its promised farcical antics.

"Sex Please We're Sixty."

"Every person we are talking to laughs at the title," said Joanne Bauer, the theater group's treasurer and an actor. "?'Oh, I've got to see that. It sounds so funny,' they say."

The antics take place at a bed-and-breakfast where two men and four women all end up taking a women's version of Viagra. It drives the libido of the older women and the men suffer menopausal symptoms, said director Jerry Gietka.

The resulting mix-up and comedic situations lead to funny moments as the characters navigate their libidos and desires, he said.

"It is a very funny play," Gietka said. "It is like any typical farce with people coming and going very quickly with scenes of hilarity."

The play is recommended for older audiences as it deals with adult subject matter and language. It is the first time BCT has put on this play, Gietka said.

Bauer, who plays bed-and-breakfast visitor Victoria Ambrose, said the theater selected the play during its annual reading group, which determines the three different plays shown at Bowie Playhouse. The playhouse, owned by the city, hosts the BCT along with three other theater groups.

The group reads hundreds of plays over six months and eventually selects five dramas, comedies and murder mysteries. BCT's board of directors then selects one of each play from the 15, Bauer said.

Bauer said the theater benefits from picking one of each play type. Dramas win the awards, but comedies and murder mysteries bring in the audiences, she said.

"The word sex always brings people in," Bauer said. "All these words you put on the marquees will bring people in."

Nina Harris, who plays bed-and-breakfast owner Mrs. Stancliffe, said Gietka has let the actors be creative themselves, which will add to the overall play. Small plays, like shows at the playhouse by BCT, offer something more than movies and TV at home. There is a relationship between the audience and actors in the intimate setting, she said.

"There is something visceral about live theater," Harris said. "If you are close enough, you can see them sweat. There is a definite exchange of vibes and feelings from the actors to the audience."

The play opens at 8 p.m. Friday at the Bowie Playhouse, 16500 Whitemarsh Park Drive. Tickets may be purchased at the door or at www.bctheatre.com. Bauer said ticket reservations would be accepted, and Sunday matinees shows are getting full.

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