Van Wert Civic Theatre is honored to bring this Neil Simon gem to our stage. The Sunshine Boys was originally produced in 1972, directed by Alan Arkin. Our version under the direction of Doug Grooms, assisted by Deb Duncan-Faul, opens March 7 for a two weekend run. The Box Office will be taking reservations from the public beginning March 4.
Al (Steve Lane) and Willie (Rick Workman) as “Lewis and Clark” were top-billed vaudevillians for over forty years. Now they aren’t even speaking. When CBS requests them for a “History of Comedy” retrospective, a grudging reunion brings the two back together. The story follows the attempt by a young theatrical agent (Stan Lippi) to re-unite his elderly uncle, a former vaudevillian great, with his long-time stage partner for this TV reunion, but the two former partners have not spoken in over a decade. Tensions rise during the rehearsal of the TV sketch (featuring J J Kurtz as the Patient, Jim O’Neill as Eddie, and Audra Clevenger as Nurse) leading to an unexpected turn of events. Amy McConn rounds out the cast as the Registered Nurse.
Beginning March 4, please call 419-238-9689 from 2 – 6 p.m. Monday – Saturday to reserve a seat. Tickets are $13 (cash and check only). Any time Rick Workman and Steve Lane arrive on stage together, it is a show not to miss. Show dates are March 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 at 8 p.m. and March 10 and 17 at 2 p.m.