‘Heaven Help Me’ opens April 19: Playwright will attend opening show; host talk back

​Linda Ickes
Special to the Eagle

Written by Joseph Simonelli, critics describe “Heaven Help Me” as a comedy that is amusing as well as a touching.

Director Richard Joyce says, “Simonelli really knows the idiosyncrasies of his characters and has written this play in a way that allows the cast to really connect with each other and with the audience.”

The cast of “Heaven Help Me,” from left, Karen Ezrine, Sean O’Shea, Carole Comeneux, Kevin Kenneally and Alex Costello.

The playwright will attend the April 19 opening night of the Marco Island production of “Heaven Help Me.”

“This is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in a talk-back right after the show with playwright Joseph Simonelli at The Marco Players Theater,” said Beverly Dahlstrom, artistic director for the Marco Players. “This is a chance to learn about his career and to ask questions of him and of the cast.”

The comedy is about four Holloway brothers who are running on empty. Their string of casual eateries are losing money and in order to save the family business, the oldest brother Sam (Alex Costello) wants to sell the only remaining joint property, a valuable waterfront house. The problem is, youngest “black sheep” brother Rollie (Sean O’Shea) has his own plans, namely to pay off loan sharks; brother and business accountant Kevin (Kevin Kenneally) has a wife who also wants her share. And, then there’s Martha (Karen Ezrine) who also needs the money due to a pending divorce. If that’s not enough chaos, deceased brother Fred (Bob Logan) is haunting the place.

“Heaven Help Me,” cast members, from left, Alex Costello, Sean O’Shea and Carole Comeneux.

“Heaven Help Me” is on stage April 19 through May 7 at The Marco Players Theater, Marco Town Center Mall, 1089 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. Shows are 8 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, and 3 p.m., Sundays.

Attend the first week of the show and be entered to win a dinner cruise for two on The Marco Island Princess.

Tickets on sale at TheMarcoPlayers.com or by calling the box office at 239-642-7270.