Love Conquers Generational Divides In New Comedy

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Mikhail Duggan

What could possibly happen when a father and son are both attracted to the same guy?

A new comedy, “3 Card Stud,” by prolific playwright Ronnie Larsen and opening this weekend at the Foundry at Wilton Theater Factory, imagines what happens when they compete for the affections of a much younger man.

“I know this has to have happened before, especially in Wilton Manors, where anything is literally possible,” said Larsen, who also directs. “This play features a sort of contemporary ‘Odd Couple’ that could only happen in South Florida, and I don't think Neil Simon would approve."

Senior citizen Shelly (David Langler) and his middle-aged son Michael (Chad Tyler) peacefully coexist in their cramped apartment—until Michael hooks up with Richard (Mikhail Duggan) on Grindr and their comfortable relationship quickly gets complicated. 

The cast also includes George Wentzler and D.V. Carr as Shelly’s outspoken poker buddies. Larsen describes the trio as “hilarious male versions of the Golden Girls” who first meet Richard as he exits Michael’s bedroom following the encounter. Witty one-liners from the seniors soon evolve into deep thoughts as the men develop a connection with Richard.

“I think we’ve seen these kinds of stories play out plenty of times on Lifetime TV with mothers and daughters competing for the same man, but we’ve never seen a gay father and son in this situation,” said Larsen, who also wrote the Off Broadway hit “Making Porn.” "I also hope the play is a joyful reminder that you're never too old or too young to fall in love—and I’m not revealing who eventually gets the boy!"

While he’s tight-lipped with that spoiler, Larsen is confident “3 Card Stud” is one of the funniest plays he’s written of the more than 30 shows he’s written or produced over the past 25 years.

“I’d have to say ‘3 Card Stud’ is a royal flush,” he promised, “at least when it comes to laughs.”

The world premiere of "3 Card Stud" by Ronnie Larsen will be presented Nov. 8 – Dec. 2, Wednesdays through Fridays at 8:30 p.m., Saturdays at 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Foundry at Wilton Theater Factory, 2306 N. Dixie Hwy. in Wilton Manors. Tickets are $35 - $50 at RonnieLarsen.com.