TWO legendary – and cranky – comics are being brought together for a reunion and revival of their famous act at the Old Mill Theatre this spring.
Written by Neil Simon and directed by Dale James, Lalapalooza Productions is presenting The Sunshine 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 in 12 years and have numerous issues to work out before they are ready to return to the public eye.
Both touching and humorous, the play reveals a profound understanding of the stubbornness, childishness and professional neglect that is often inseparable from old age.
Playwright Neil Simon is famed for iconic plays such as The Odd Couple, Barefoot in the Park, Sweet Charity, The Last of the Red Hot Lovers and Biloxi Blues, among many others.
A 1975 film adaptation of The Sunshine Boys featured George Burns and Walter Matthau while the 1996 film starred Woody Allen, Peter Falk and Sarah Jessica Parker.
The Sunshine Boys plays at 8pm, October 25, 26, 27, 28, November 1, 2, 3 and 4 with 2pm matinees October 28 and November 4. Tickets are $25, $20 concession – book at www.trybooking.com/SJWU.
The heritage-listed Old Mill Theatre is on the corner of Mends Street and Mill Point Road, South Perth (opposite the Windsor Hotel and Australia Post).