What is it about a group of strong, Southern women that always provides laughter and pathos? If you are looking for a few hours of laugh-a-minute comedy, look no further than Stage Door Players’ production of “The Savannah Sipping Society.”
The show follows the lives of four middle-aged women who meet by chance, all seeking to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines. Randa is the workaholic professional woman who experiences a career crisis that exposes she has no life at all. Dot is reeling from her late husband’s death and struggling to start life again in the place where they were to retire together. Marlafaye has stormed into town from Texas after divorcing her cheating husband, determined to start a new life and wreak a righteous revenge on her ex. And Jinx arrives in Savannah to care for an older sister and start a career as a life coach, having no idea how to make a life for herself.
We follow this unlikely quartet for six months of adventures (and misadventures) as they challenge, encourage and support each other through life’s ups and downs, all while enjoying some liquid refreshments from the veranda.
“The Savannah Sipping Society” is written by the playwright team of Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten. All have collaborated on other plays and have enjoyed careers as writers for television and film. Although their writing will entertain you, it is also filled with some sage advice as we learn we “can’t put your future on hold and block it by the past.”
The cast of four serve up strong performances from actresses Patty Guenthner (Dot), Nancy Lowery Powell (Randa), Suzanne Roush (Marlafaye) and Karen Whitaker (Jinx). As always, Stage Door Players has attracted the best in Atlanta for this production. And director Cathe Hall Payne has guided them and allowed each character to shine on her own, resulting in a strong ensemble cast.
The production team includes Chuck Welcome (set design/scenic artist), J.D. Williams (lighting design), Rial Ellsworth (sound design), Jim Alford (costume design), Kathy Ellsworth (properties design), George Deavours (wig design) and Angie Short (stage manager).
You don’t want to miss this chance to join us on the front porch for a laugh and some good cheer.
“The Savannah Sipping Society” continues through October 13 with performances at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. There are two additional performances on Thursdays, October 10 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $34 for adults, $31 for seniors, $24 for students and $16 for children under 12.
Stage Door Players is located in the North DeKalb Cultural Arts Center, 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody and on the web at www.stagedoorplayers.net. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 770-396-1726.