SEX, DRUGS & SENIOR CITIZENS: ‘SUNSET VILLAGE’ OPENS AT MARATHON COMMUNITY THEATRE

The ‘girl gang’ of Edna (Joanne Zimmerman), Louise (Marianne Benvenuti), Norma (Donna Nussenblatt) and Mikayla (Victoria Coy) share a toast. ALEX RICKERT/Keys Weekly

A hilarious spoof of The Villages in central Florida takes the stage at MCT this week. Directed by Jackie O’Neil, Michael Pressley Bobbitt’s “Sunset Village” opens on Thursday, Jan. 20. The show follows recent widow Edna Wilson (Joanne Zimmerman) as she moves into a retirement community and is swept into the underground drug and sex culture of a senior citizen Neverland.

‘Mr. Midnight’ (Jimmy Zimmerman) is dripping with swagger as he prepares for the evening’s escapades. LARRY BENVENUTI/Keys Weekly

The show runs on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. until Feb. 12, with a special matinee on Sunday, Jan. 30 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $28 and are available at www.marathontheater.org or by calling 305-743-0994. The show contains adult themes and is recommended for mature audiences.

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Alex Rickert made the perfectly natural career progression from dolphin trainer to newspaper editor in 2021 after freelancing for Keys Weekly while working full time at Dolphin Research Center. A resident of Marathon since 2015, he fell in love with the Florida Keys community by helping multiple organizations and friends rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Irma. An avid runner, actor, and spearfisherman, he spends as much of his time outside of work on or under the sea having civil disagreements with sharks.