Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - Lifestyle -

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.

Pic­ture: Sarah Christiner

Old geezers: Tom Rees (left) and Rex Gray in The Sun­shine Boys.

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