The Cemetery Club
By Ivan Menchell
The Cemetery Club has three members – Ida, Lucille and Doris; all widows living in the Forest Hills neighbourhood of Queens, New York, in 1987. They have known each other for years and now make a monthly trip to the cemetery to visit their husbands’ graves.
Doris defines contentment; her husband’s memory is enough for her. Lucille hunts for clothing bargains and men with equal gusto. Ida, at first is as content as Doris is, but begins to wonder if it might be time to move on.
Sam, the neighbourhood butcher, is making efforts to get over the loss of his wife. Ida and Sam fall for each other. However, the budding relationship hits difficulties when Sam brings another woman to a mutual friend’s wedding.
The play is funny, wise, and gloriously witty – described by some as “Steel Magnolias” meets “The Golden Girls”. After all, friendship, grief, recovery and comedy are timeless emotions, which is why this play seems as relevant now as it did when Menchell wrote it.
“Thank you - and you have a nice trip back to planet earth.”