MCT sets ‘Sunshine Boys’ auditions

Auditions for Milam Community Theater’s next show, Neil Simon’s “The Sunshine Boys,” will be 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 27 and 28, at the Williams Civic Center in Cameron.

“This is one of Neil Simon’s best comedies,” said Kyle Deal, the show’s director. “It’s vintage Simon, a laugh-a-minute show tinged with a touch of sadness under the surface. What gives these characters their enduring appeal is that even as they tickle your funny bone, they also tug at your heartstrings.”

The play is about two down-ontheir fame vaudevillians whose attempt to get their act together long enough for a one-shot opportunity in the limelight is doomed by their oil-and-water personalities.

“The two grumpy old has-beens seem fated to have their next reunion at the Actors’ Retirement Home in New Jersey,” Deal said.

The curtain rises 11 years after the breakup of the legendary vaudeville act known as Lewis and Clark. That’s when Al Lewis decided 43 years in vaudeville was enough.

Unfortunately, his partner, Willie Clark, wasn’t ready to retire from the stage. In fact, he still covets the bright lights of the stage and remains infuriated by Al’s decision to leave the stage. He’s refused all contact with his former partner.

It’s only through the persistence of his devoted nephew and hapless agent that he grudgingly agrees to see Al so they can rehearse one of their famous skits for a television special about the history of comedy.

The script calls for a total of seven actors, five men and two women, but is flexible as to the actual mix and the age ranges.

The show opens March 20 and will have four performances.

There is more information, including contact information and directions to the venue on the theater’s Web site,

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