A Round-Heeled Woman

3 out of 5 stars
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A Round Heeled Woman

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

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Taboo-busting doesn’t get much tamer than this. Jane Prowse’s adaptation of Jane Juska’s best-selling memoir, subtitled ‘My Late-Life Adventures in Sex and Romance,’ offers a gently comic, sweet and affecting peek into the sex lives of the superannuated.

Aged 66, Juska – played by ‘Cagney & Lacey’ star Sharon Gless – placed a personal advert in The New York Review of Books: ‘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.’

Among her 63 replies were Georgio from Utah, 68 and sex-hungry, and Wilson, a horny New Yorker of 72. Neither makes the maybe pile.

Those that do are either unpalatably forthright about their motives or gentlemanly until the deed is done and Juska’s excitement hollows into embarrassment. The exception is Graham, a Trollope fan the same age as her son.

Gless has an ease onstage that most of us reserve for relatives and her wicked, sassy humour brings out the best in a script that has little up the sleeve on which it wears its heart. Ultimately, there’s nothing wrong with ‘A Round-Heeled Woman’, but there’s nothing much to get excited about either.

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