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My Old Lady

My old lady

By Phoebe Greyson

Do you find moral ambiguity fascinating? Are your favorite characters those with whom you sympathize despite their “bad” behavior? Then this week’s Playreaders is for you. My Old Lady, by Israel Horovitz, is a play about love, choice, and the consequences of “turning a blind eye.” The plot:

My Old Lady
Wed, Nov 4, and Thu, Nov 5
Parish Hall
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Cardo 6
152 0000
20 pesos

“When a down on his luck middle-aged man inherits an apartment in Paris, he plans to solve his financial woes by selling it. He arrives on the doorstep and discovers, to his dismay, that the elderly woman living there has lifetime habitation rights under an arcane French law, and she is not about to give them up. Because he has no other place to go, she invites him to stay in the spacious apartment. A spiral of friendship, romance with the old lady’s outspoken daughter, and some uncomfortable revelations about his unmourned father affect all in this poignant play with strong roles for all three actors.”-Samuel French.

Bea Arronson plays the feisty, unrepentant nonagenarian; Clara Dunham plays her daughter; and Ken Albanese plays the chronically depressed (and who could blame him?) heir. Dic Simandl does lights and sound, and I (Phoebe Greyson) direct.

My Old Lady will be presented in the Parish Hall of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Cardo 6, Wednesday and Thursday, November 4 and 5. Tickets go on sale at 6:45 each evening, on a first come, first served basis. Doors open at 7 pm. All ticket holders must be present at 7 pm when the doors open or their ticket may be resold. The play commences at 7:30 pm or earlier if the house is full before that time. Admission is 20 pesos, and exact change is appreciated.


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