VAN WERT — The Van Wert Civic Theatre will present its next show, “The Sunshine Boys,” at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 7; Friday, March 8; Saturday, March 9; Thursday, March 14; Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10 and Sunday, March 17 at the theatre, 118 S. Race St., Van Wert.
Tickets are $13 (cash and check only). Call 419-238-9689 to reserve seating from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Visit vwct.org for more information.
“The Sunshine Boys” was originally produced in 1972, directed by Alan Arkin. This version, under the direction of Doug Grooms and assisted by Deb Duncan-Faul, opens March 7 for a two weekend run. This will mark the second time VWCT has produced this show, doing so originally in 1981. The Box Office will be taking reservations from the public beginning Monday, March 4.
The show introduces the audience to Al (Steve Lane) and Willie (Rick Workman) as “Lewis and Clark” who 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. The story follows the attempt by a young theatrical agent (Stan Lippi) to reunite his elderly uncle, a former vaudevillian great, with his long-time stage partner for this TV reunion, but the two former partners have not spoken in over a decade. Tensions rise during the rehearsal of the TV sketch (featuring J J Kurtz as the Patient, Jim O’Neill as Eddie, and Audra Clevenger as Nurse) leading to an unexpected turn of events. Amy McConn rounds out the cast as the Registered Nurse.