Veteran cast will have crowd laughing in 'Never Too Late'

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With a 24-year-old married daughter still living in their home, having another baby of their own is the last thing on Edith and Harry’s minds, but when the middle-aged couple discovers they are indeed expecting, the hilarity ensues.

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Harry, played by Ted Newton, and Edith, played by Karen Brotherton, discuss the "virtues" of their pending middle-aged parenthood in the Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre production "Never Too Late."  STEVEN WALPERT/SPECIAL
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Harry, played by Ted Newton, and Edith, played by Karen Brotherton, discuss the "virtues" of their pending middle-aged parenthood in the Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre production "Never Too Late."

“This is just a funny play. It’s written to be funny,” said Karen Brotherton, who plays the role of Edith in Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre’s production of Never Too Late, which opens Friday, May 2, for three consecutive weekends.

Written by Sumner Arthur Long, Never Too Late ran on Broadway for two years and was turned into a 1965 film starring Paul Long, Maureen O’Sullivan, Connie Stevens and Jane Wyatt. Emmy Award-winner Bud Yorkin directed the movie, and it was produced by Norman Lear.

Harry has settled into his middle-aged years and is comfortable with his life as it is with no changes. He also doesn’t care for his son-in-law, who is addicted to solitaire.

Besides funny lines and a situational comedy, what makes the Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre production work is the chemistry among the cast members, according to Brotherton.

“I have worked with all of those guys except for one,” she said. “It’s a veteran cast that’s come together. In a lot of things, we were ahead of the curve. We were able to delve more into the characters.”

Particular attention is being paid to the set of this production. With a new arrival, there are great plans for a new nursery and bathroom, but the tech crew under the direction of Dan Posey is making sure the set reflects the characters, according to dinner theater director Steve Walpert.

“The central character owns a lumber yard so there’s a lot of intricate molding and woodwork in the set design,” he said.

The play should leave patrons with a smile as they head out the door, he added.

“This play is about making everyone feel good,” he said.

Never Too Late will be staged on May 2, 3, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17. Dinner begins at 7 followed by the show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35-$45 or $30 for the show only. Reservations are required by calling (706) 793-8552 or visit fortgordon.com/theatre.php.

Theater patrons without a Department of Defense ID card or current pass must enter the installation via Gate 1 on Gordon Highway at Jimmy Dyess Parkway.

ONSTAGE

WHAT: Never Too Late

WHEN: May 2, 3, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17, dinner at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.

WHERE: Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre, Third Avenue, Building 32100

DETAILS: $35-$45 or $30 for the show only, reservations are required; (706) 793-8552, fortgordon.com/theatre.php


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