Twenty-four years after their first child was born, Harry and Edith Lambert are unexpectedly having another baby.
Set in the 1970s, Never Too Late, which opens July 18 at the Players Theater in Richland, is about the Lamberts and their comedic struggles to come to terms with middle age, a new baby, self-discovery and their daughter Kate's attempts to get pregnant too.
This family-friendly comedy, written by Arthur Sumner Long, is packed with mischief and mayhem.
"Having a baby can be an extremely comic event in a person's life, especially if one feels unprepared," said director Renee McMahon. "Laughing at stressful situations is a great way to get a handle on them. The show also ends on a note of discovery as the characters see that often life has something better for us than what we might get if everything went according to our plans."
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McMahon and producer husband Bill previously teamed up for the productions of Beau Jest and Barbecuing Hamlet.
The sitcomlike play highlights Bryan Lee McGlothin as the distressed Harry Lambert.
"I am an older father; my son was born when I was 40," he said. "I guess that's a bit later in life, and that's the whole ordeal of the play."
And, like his character, McGlothin also has a grown daughter. His experience as a parent, and "a few cranky people" he has met in his life, have helped him get into the role of Henry, who is perturbed the new baby is disrupting his comfortable lifestyle.
McGlothin has been acting since 1995 and is a member of the Screen Actors Guild. This is his first year with the Players, having moved here recently from Lafayette, La.
Besides acting, McGlothin is a public speaker about overcoming adversity. He also has written three stage plays and has published a nonfiction book, Have You Seen My Mother.
Accompanying McGlothin on stage is DeeAnn Till, who transforms herself into the traditional housewife Edith Lambert.
"I've worked all my life, so I see Edith as a simple woman," she said. "She's off in her own little world. Her job is to keep house for her family, have food on the table and wait hand and foot on her husband and daughter who lives with them.
"When she finds out she is pregnant, she is ecstatic but doesn't understand why no one else is. I'm trying to play her as normal as possible, as a real person. The comedy is in the situation itself."
Till was involved in drama in high school and has been acting for about 30 years. She has been a part of the Players for 10 years and currently works as a financial specialist for Northwest Farm Credit Services.
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