The Sunshine Boys
A comedy by Neil Simon
Directed by John T. Jones
May 15 – 24
Box office opens to the public – May 11
The Sunshine Boys is a play by Neil Simon that was produced on Broadway in 1972 and later adapted for film and television.
It focuses on aging Al Lewis and Willy Clark, a one-time vaudevillian team known as “Lewis and Clark” who, over the course of forty-odd years, not only grew to hate each other but never spoke to each other off-stage throughout the final year of their act. The stubborn Clark, who was not ready for retirement, resented the wiser Lewis for breaking up the act when he opted to leave show business. It is now 1972 and CBS is inviting the team to reunite for a special on the history of comedy, with the pair representing the vaudeville era at its best. Clark is convinced by his nephew Ben to revive one of the old routines one last time. Much of the humor is derived from efforts to get the two cantankerous actors into the same room for a rehearsal, their differences of opinion once they reunite, and their shenanigans on the actual broadcast.
Willie Clark – Tony Zelonis
Al Lewis – Bill Andrews
Ben Silverman – David Zampa
Patient – Will Huskey
Eddie – Sam Walker
TV Director/Announcer – Brandon Bowles
Skit Nurse – Kitty Knight
Registered Nurse – Venis Glover