The Sunshine Boys
by Neil Simon
Directed by: David Hymel
Al and Willie 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, along with a flood of memories, miseries, and laughs.
Performances Dec 31
(Note: New Years Eve Gala is not included in season tickets, but a discount does apply.)
Jan 7 - 22
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
Sunday Matinees on Jan 9 and 16 at 3pm
Auditions Nov 7 - 8 at 7pm
Willie Clark 65 - 85
One-half of the great vaudeville comedy team of Lewis & Clark; Willie is a bitter, sarcastic old man, but he hasn’t lost his comedic knack; he’s always dead-on with punch lines and timing; he appears self absorbed and wrapped up in his own life, and doesn’t show any signs of sentimentality or empathy, yet there’s something wholly endearing about him.
Al Lewis 65-85
The other half of Lewis & Clark; Al is the more timid straight man to Willie’s explosive temperament, yet he can dish it out on an equal level; he accepts the limitations of old age and has learned to enjoy his golden years; however, it’s obvious he misses his old partner and the good times they shared.
Ben Silverman 30-45
Willie’s nephew and agent; Ben cares very much for his uncle and really looks up to him; he tries to find work for Willie, but Willie’s age and personality make this a very difficult task; a practical, hardworking family man, Ben really didn’t inherit any of his uncle’s sense of comedy.
Burlesque Nurse 20-40
Character for the TV show; this character’s purpose is to be the object of lewd sexual jokes; she should be blonde and curvy.
Registered Nurse 30–60
A mature and practical woman who enjoys her time caring for Willie; she seems to be the only person who breaks through his crusty exterior.
A character for the TV show, this character is on for only a few minutes during the comedy sketch
Eddie Stage Manager 20-60’s
Part of the TV show scene in terms of getting Willie and Al on stage and communicating with the director of the show.