The Octette Bridge Club: Nostalgic Comedy Closes Out Community Theatre Actors' Season
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The last date listed for The Octette Bridge Club was Sunday April 24, 2011 / 3:00pm.
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The theatre was comfortable. The price of the event was very affordable. The acting was what one would expect for community theatre. It would have been a more authentic play if the actors had tried to have R.I. accents. I doubt that that I will return.
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Eight women in Providence, R.I., have gathered without their husbands, as they do twice a month, for a night of gossip, home- baked pie and cards. The friends are a merry, close-knit group. They giggle as a newspaper photographer takes a picture of their ''club'' for the Sunday rotogravure section. In the first act, the year is 1934, and, as the women never cease reminding us, this was a time when families still had roots. The country is in the throes of a depression. Hardly has the photographer left than some of the gabby bridge players drop broad hints of trouble. One of them is ''moody'' and ''melancholy.'' Another may have a husband who drinks too much. Still another is suffering from ailments that may be pre-cursor to something more serious.
Act two revisits the women in 1944 when the country is in the grips of a World War. During a Halloween bridge party each acts out her costume's persona. The emotionally distraught youngest has just gotten out of a sanitarium and knows she must cut the bonds to her smothering friends and strike out on her own. We see how they have all changed and grown through the years at their weekly bridge card playing. Directed by George Bailey.