By Alisha McDarris
MARTIN COUNTY -- Not many young, married couples who are working on starting a family are terribly enthused when a parent comes to live with them. Even less so when they're suddenly stuck with two parents occupying their guest rooms.
In "Squabbles," the Barn Theatre's current romantic comedy, this is exactly the predicament young Jerry and Alice Sloan, played by Jeff Stanley and Megan Pollak, find themselves in.
Alice's father, Cantankerous Abe Dryfus, played by Don Matlin, finds himself living with his daughter and son-in-law for health reasons. Not too long after, Jerry's mother moves in, too, and the seniors begin to make everyone's lives miserable with their contentiousness.
But since they're all stuck under the same roof, everyone will have to find a way to put up with each other and perhaps even discover friendship and love in an unlikely place.
"It's really about relationships and how we as human beings relate to each other," said director Michael Feener who has directed several plays at the Barn Theatre over the last four years.
He and his cast love the show and the characters and the full range of emotions they get to portray. There's anger, humor, love and tenderness and they are sure audiences of all ages will enjoy the show.
"It has a broad appeal," Mr. Feener said.
Mr. Matlin is particularly fond of the show. It's his second time playing Abe and when he heard the Barn was holding auditions he jumped at the chance to do it again.
"The character is very argumentative, and that's kind of the way I am. It's true to life," Mr. Matlin said.
Colette Schweizer, who plays Mildred Sloan, Jerry's mother, is enjoying her role, too, creating great chemistry on stage with Mr. Matlin.
"This play is such a delight," Ms. Schweizer said. "Audiences are going to eat this up. They're going to love it."
Both Mr. Matlin and Ms. Schweizer offer kudos to the director for that, saying his direction and advice are much of what makes the show great.
The rest of the cast includes Greta Goldstein as Mrs. Fisher, John Avitabile as Sol Wasserman, and Jose Torres as Hector Lopez.
"Squabbles" opens on Jan. 24 and runs Wednesdays-Sundays until Feb. 9.
Tickets are $20 and are available Mondays through Fridays at the Barn Theatre box office at 2400 S.E. Ocean Boulevard in Stuart from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets can also be obtained by calling (772) 287-4884 or on-line at www.barn-theatre.com.