MUST SEE: What would you do with a second chance at love? See ‘Later Life’ this weekend and find out

  • ‘Later Life’ will be performed by Footlights at the Falls this weekend in Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls. Contributed photo

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

What would you do if you were given a second chance at love? Would you be brave enough to take it?

“Later Life” by A. R. Gurney is a comedy about a Boston banker and a woman contemplating a move back to New England who meet at a cocktail party. It’s a romantic tale of lost opportunities and hope for new beginnings.

Footlights at the Falls will present the play on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at Memorial Hall, 51 Bridge St. in Shelburne Falls.

Gurney’s “Later Life” is a comedy about a middle-aged couple finding love.

“It’s a funny and sweet story about a couple who meet at a party in Boston in 1992 and find they have a little bit of a shared history,” said Jackie Walsh, producer of the show and the founder of the theater company Footlights at the Falls.

On a terrace overlooking Boston Harbor, Austin and Ruth try to recall their first meeting and start getting to know each other again. Five men and five women, each with their own quirks, take turns coming out on the balcony to interrupt the couple with ponderings about food, Boston and love.

Kim Overtree of Northampton directs. There are several local actors, including Marc Kaufmann as Austin, Jackie Walsh as Ruth and Caroline Ludvik-Johnson as the party’s hostess. John Iverson plays a man trying to kick a habit he loves.

Tickets are $12 for evening showings and $6 for the matinee on Sunday. They can be reserved via email at: shelburnejackieb@gmail.com or they can be purchased at the door (cash and checks only).