Stevenage Lytton Players
Five Blue Haired Ladies Sitting on a Green Park Bench
Directed by Roger Brown
Quoted in the Herald Express as “It’s Sex in the City on Sanatogen..” this John A Penzotti script is one of the best women’s plays I have witnessed in a very long time. Full of snappy one-liners it is the story [of] five elderly ladies who meet regularly on a park bench and discuss their lives and loves, each knowing that every occasion they meet it may be for the last time. Set in New York, all the “Ladies” managed to sustain their accents throughout and not once did I notice a body or hand movement that was not age appropriate. Makeup was excellent, even remembering how hands and necks also age, areas so often forgotten in amateur theatre. The number “Red Hot and Blue” was sung with obvious passion and expertly arranged by Mike Payne. Costumes were perfect for each character and one could imagine that each lady had chosen her own. It would be inappropriate for me to single out any one performance as being any different or better than any other as this was indeed a set piece that worked so well because of concentrated teamwork. This production was extremely well thought out and expertly delivered. Congratulations to you all.