Viagara Falls – Sweeten Up!
23 February | 7.30 pm
1, 2 March | 1.30 pm
This performance is held at Studio 188, the old Baptist Church on 188 Brisbane Street.
Studio 188 and Red Ticket Comedy Theatre playfully presents
Viagara Falls – Sweeten Up! is a lively, original farce which derives its humour and charm from warm, relatable characters and a simple mistake that escalates wildly out of control, affecting an entire community. It also demonstrates the absurd consequences of unnecessary fear and prejudice. Not for the prudish however!
When multiple divorcee Fran, borrows a large container of artificial sweeteners – Sweeten Up – from her nervous husband-to-be Eric, she has no idea of the havoc that will wreak on the peaceful retirement village where they both live. In the week preceding their wedding, Serenity Gardens in Cemetery Road, not only appears to have lost its quiet, civilised charm – it looks like it’s descending fast into mayhem and anarchy!
Resident snoop, the uptight Jane Parker is particularly alarmed when men in kaftans are spotted furtively visiting the unit of her neighbours, the ex-Reverend Ian Bell and his sociable wife Kitty. Is the broad-minded vicar-turned-marriage celebrant grooming a cell of elderly terrorists? Jane wonders. And should the most disruptive of them – the loud-mouthed, vulgar, bag-pipe playing Scotsman, Jock – be reported to the media as a sexual predator?
Only one person in Serenity Gardens knows the real reason behind all this chaos. Shy bridegroom Eric has lost the Viagra pills he obtained from his charismatic Indian GP, Dr Sahdu…. the Viagra pills that he subsequently hid in the container of Sweeten Up to deceive the unsuspecting Fran…
So will the exhausted, elderly men in the Village be able to attend and officiate at the fast approaching Wedding Ceremony without embarrassing themselves? Will the local Terrorist Squad actually invade and ruin Fran and Eric’s Big Day? Will the women in the Village happily return to the predictable routine of marital relations on Christmas and birthdays only? Is Eric really ‘vergin’ on 70’ as people say and, most importantly, will he get his Viagra back in time for their Wedding night and honeymoon at a famous international location?