The Marco Players has announced its 2017-18 season, with a range of fare from the bittersweet "Flamingo Court" and "Steel Magnolias" to the farce "Sex Please We're Sixty!" The group's midday Lunchbox Shows are again part of the season, bringing one-player shows and lunch to audiences.
Past-season ticket holders have 12 days for ticket sales beginning Aug. 25; ticket sales open for the public at noon Sept. 6.
For more information, call 239-642-7270 or visit TheMarcoPlayers.com or its site on Facebook. The theater is at 1089 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island.
"Sex Please We’re Sixty!": Oct. 25 – Nov. 12. Mrs. Stancliffe’s Rose Cottage Bed & Breakfast successfully draws female guests who return year after year. It may not Mrs. Stancliff's quiche, but her neighbors, "Bud the Stud" and Henry, the retired chemist who has developed a blue pill for women called "Venusia." By Michael Parker and Susan Parker
"Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End": Nov. 29 – Dec. 17. Comedy trip through the mind of the internationally known humorist, who captured the frustrations of her generation by asking, “If life is a bowl of cherries, what am I doing in the pits?” It recalls her life and hilarious stories. By Allison Engel and Margaret Engel
"Flamingo Court": Jan. 3 – Jan. 21. Three one-acts look into three units in a condo complex and the drama, romance and comedy, inside them. By Luigi Creatore
"Steel Magnolias": Feb. 7 – 25. The now-classic tale of small-town Louisiana and its strong women, with Truvy’s beauty salon the center in the vortex of their gossip, stories and travails. By Robert Harling
"A Bench in the Sun": March 14 – April 8. Harold and Burt are longtime friends who enjoy a good bit of bickering sitting on their bench in the sun. When they meet Adrienne and learn that their retirement community, Valley View Gardens, will be sold, everything changes. By Ron Clark
“GPS — An Auto Erotic Comedy,” “In the Beginning”: April 25 – May 13. Two one-act plays, one about a technologically savvy car that generates surprising R-rated responses, the other a contemporary spoof on the Garden of Eden. By Bruce Kane
These single-performance shows include a box lunch and Q&A with the stars after the shows.
Joe Marino’s Rockin’ Piano and Mob Hits Show: Jan. 13. Tribute artist and vocal impressionist Joe Marino performs the works of rock 'n' roll legends including Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Tom Jones and Fats Domino, to name a few.
Dusty Storm Tongue-in-Cheek Country Music Comedy: Feb. 10. Starring Debi Guthery. With hair as big as a tumbleweed and dazzling rodeo queen costumes, Dusty Storm is a sweetheart of the spoof, dishing on life, ex-husbands and songs from all the big-haired country queens of the ‘50s and ‘60s.
J.Robert – The Florida Fiddler Show Chapter 2: Feb. 24. Native Floridian J.Robert, takes the audience on a musical journey from "Orange Blossom Special" to "Rhythm’s Gonna Getcha!"
"Elemental Women": March 10. Starring Janina Birtolo. To celebrate the forgotten women of science, Birtolo has created a dramatic presentation that looks at the achievements of lesser-known female scientists from history and present day.