February 12, 2013 > Theatre: Sunshine Boys
Theatre: Sunshine Boys
Submitted By Suzan Lorraine
Al Lewis and Willie Clark are a one-time vaudevillian team known as "Lewis and Clark." Over the course of forty-odd years, they 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. Now it's 1972 and CBS has invited the two 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 an old routine one last time. In classic Simon style, 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.
Written in 1972, the Tony-Award nominated show has been played by such greats as Jack Klugman, Tony Randall, George Burns, Walter Matthau, Woody Allen, and Peter Falk. The Chanticleers production stars Randy Anger as Willie and George Doerr as Al under the direction of Cynthia Lagodzinski. Also featured are C. Conrad Cady (Ben), Tura Franzen (Nurse), Bill Light (TV Director), Noell Busti (TV Nurse), and Bill Chessman (TV Asst. Dir.).
Often referred to as a funny, older, grumpy version of "The Odd Couple," "Sunshine Boys" is known for its wonderful fleeting moments of tenderness in the comedy without ever turning mushy!
Tickets are $18 for general admission and $15 for seniors, students, and military. To purchase tickets or for more information, call (510) 733-5483 or visit chanticleers.org.
Feb 15 - Mar 10
8 p.m. (Sunday: 2 p.m.)
3683 Quail Avenue, Castro Valley
Tickets: $15 and $18