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MCT’s ‘Sunshine Boys’ opens Saturday at Williams Center

Willie Clark (left, played by Dustan Owens) hams it up in a vaudeville scene featuring a nurse (Pam Krumnow), and two patients (Ashley Caudle and Devin Buchanan) from “The Sunshine Boys,” opening this weekend in Cameron. Willie Clark (left, played by Dustan Owens) hams it up in a vaudeville scene featuring a nurse (Pam Krumnow), and two patients (Ashley Caudle and Devin Buchanan) from “The Sunshine Boys,” opening this weekend in Cameron. Milam Community Theater will stage the Neil Simon comedy “The Sunshine Boys” beginning this weekend at the Williams Civic Center in Cameron.

The show is about two downon t heir fame vaudev illia ns whose attempt to get their act together long enough for a oneshot opportunity in the limelight is doomed by their oil-and-water personalities.

“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 with a touch of sadness lurking 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 two grumpy old has-beens seem fated to have their next reunion at the Actors’ Retirement Home in New Jersey.

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 covet the bright lights of the stage is 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.

Show times

The show opens Saturday and will feature MCT’s annual dinner theater. Reser vations for opening night are required and there is limited seating for the performance. There were still a few seats to the dinner theater show available at press time Tuesday but, in any case, no reservations can be accepted after 5 p.m. Thursday March 18. For information about this show, call 254-697-6106.

There will be three more performances: Sunday March 21 at 2 p.m.; Saturday March 27 at 8 p.m. and Sunday March 28 at 2 p.m. Tickets for these shows are $15 each and are available at the door. Reservations are not necessary.

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


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