OLD BOYS IN FOR SOME SUNSHINE
TWO legendary – and cranky – comics are being brought together for a reunion and revival of their famous act at South Perth’s Old Mill Theatre this spring.
Written by Neil Simon and directed by Dale James, Lalapalooza Productions is presenting The Sun- shine Boys where a young theatrical agent tries to re-unite his elderly uncle, a former vaudevillian great, with his long-time stage partner for a TV reunion.
The two old men have not spoken to each other in 12 years and have numerous issues to work out before they are ready to return to the public eye.
“The play is about a love-hate relationship between two friends and how they respect each other’s ability but, after working together most of their lives, they end up in a bitter friendship,” James said.
“My inspiration for directing the play comes from Neil Simon’s writing – he has the ability to show us the raw emotions and failings of people, usually with humour.
“The challenge is to make this version a little different for the actors because, having previously done the show, they need to be enthused and fresh with their delivery, changing nuances where appropriate.”
Ascot financial adviser Rex Gray plays Al Lewis, one of the vaudeville team known as Lewis and Clark.
“Much of the humour 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 TV reunion broadcast,” he said.
The Sunshine Boys plays at 8pm, October 25-28, November 1-4 with 2pm matinees on Oct 28 and Nov 4. Tickets are $25, $20 concession. Book at www.trybooking. com/SJWU.
Old geezers: Tom Rees (left) and Rex Gray in The Sunshine Boys.