Three Jewish widows meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husbands’ graves. Ida is sweet tempered and ready to begin a new life; Lucille is a feisty embodiment of the girl who just wants to have fun; and Doris is priggish and judgmental, particularly when Sam the butcher enters the scene. He meets the widows while visiting his wife’s grave. Doris and Lucille squash the budding romance between Sam and Ida. They are guilt-stricken when this nearly breaks Ida’s heart. The Broadway production starred Eileen Heckart as Lucille. It was made into a film, starring Ellen Burstyn, Dianne Ladd, and Olympia Dukkakis.
"Funny, sweet tempered, moving." - The Boston Globe
"Very touching and humorous. An evening of pure pleasure that will make you glad you went to the theatre." - Washington Journal Newspapers
- No Special Cautions
- Minimum Fee: $125 per performance
- Time Period: Contemporary
- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: Mid-Autumn, the present. The living room of Ida's house and a cemetery in Forest Hills, Queens.
- Additional Features: Physical Comedy
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
- Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
- Ensemble cast
- Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
- Parts for Senior Actors
All characters are in their late fifties to early sixties.