|George Schiavone via GableStage|
|Sharon Gless: From Cagney to hoochie.|
In A Round-Heeled Woman
, Jane Juska is a 66-year old divorced schoolteacher who hasn't had sex in 30-odd years and thinks it's about time to get some nooky. So she puts out an ad in the New York Review of Books that gets straight to the point: "Before I turn 67 -- next March -- I would like to have a lot of sex with a man I like. If you want to talk first, Trollope works for me."
As it is with a woman of any age who puts out an ad for sex with no strings attached, Jane gets inundated with saucy letters and photographs of dudes going all "Brett Favre" on her.
She gets proposals from all over the country and from men of all ages
("Have Viagra, will travel," one particular letter succinctly reads).
And just like that, a woman who hasn't been intimate with a man in
decades suddenly finds herself drowning in countless proposals and boner
But this is more than just a tale of a MILF looking to get laid with a random stranger. It's also a touching story of an independent-minded woman endeavoring to regain her sexual mojo while wrestling with personal demons and trying to capture the harmony and joy that has eluded her for most of her life. Based on a true story, and written for the stage and directed by Jane Prowse, A Round-Heeled Woman
explores the soul of a woman who finds herself on a sexual quest, and ultimately ends up finding herself.
, who you know as the chain-smoking mom in the hit TV show Burn Notice
, owns the stage with a humorous and earnest performance as Jane. She's equal parts innocent and sexual adventurer, and her genuine vulnerability pulls you in as her coital odyssey unfolds. You root for her to not only have a hell of a time in the sack, but to also find what she's truly looking for. But mostly, you root for her to have a hell of a time in the sack.
Gless is joined throughout by her five co-stars, all who play multiple roles. Antonio Amadeo stands out with a versatile performance as the dance teacher, John Ball, Graham and Jane's son, Andy. Amadeo's characters range from outrageous to tragic, and he pulls it off brilliantly.
Look for our full review in this week's issue.
A Round-Heeled Woman at GableStage at the Biltmore (1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables) runs through February 6 Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday evening tickets cost $37.50; Saturday matinee tickets cost $42.50. Call (305) 445-1119 or visit GableStage.org.
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