Whatever else we may think and feel regarding our elders and those that immediately preceded them, we must admit that they weathered some rough times, including two world wars, a great depression, nuclear weapons, space travel, and the vast social changes that accompanied these events.

Left to right, Mark Read as Philippe, Bradley C. Spann as Henri, and Steve Grad as Gustave
(L to R) Mark Read as Philippe,
Bradley C. Spann as Henri,
and Steve Grad as Gustave
In Gerald Sibleyras' Heroes, translated by Tom Stoppard, we go back a half century to observe three decorated French veterans of the Great War, as they play out their days at a home for aging.

They are a curious bunch: the irascible Gustave (Steve Grad), in a suit and tie; the aloof Henri (Bradley C. Spann), in beret and ascot; and the mischievous Philippe (Mark Read), casual, even scruffy at times.

At the core, this is an elegant meditation on aging, adorned with evocative bucolic metaphors; yet, the intrigues and schemes of the intrepid trio are endearingly akin to the trials and tribulations of young boys: valiant war games, trepidations over the opposite sex, and run-ins with the authorities.

Despite some uneveness in the performances, we find these gents, their camaraderie, and their foibles heartwarming.

The remaining shows for the Society for Creative Aging's presentation of Heroes runs Sunday, August 19th at 5:00 PM, Monday, August 20th at 7:30 PM, Tuesday, August 21, at 5:00 PM, and Saturday, August 25th at 2:00 PM at the Dairy Center for the Arts. For further information:

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