Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine
Sep 262013
 
Neil Simon s The Sunshine Boys Opens October 2 at the Ahmanson

L-R: Danny DeVito and Judd Hirsch in Neil Simon€™s The Sunshine Boys€ directed by Thea Sharrock, at the Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre .
Photo by Craig Schwartz

DANNY DEVITO AND JUDD HIRSCH IN
NEIL SIMON’S “THE SUNSHINE BOYS” OPENS WED., OCTOBER 2 AT 8 P.M.
AT THE CENTER THEATRE GROUP/AHMANSON THEATRE

Wednesday, October 2 at 8 p.m. is the opening performance for Danny DeVito and Judd Hirsch in Neil Simon’s “The Sunshine Boys” at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre. Directed by Thea Sharrock, “The Sunshine Boys” continues through November 3, 2013.

Joining Danny DeVito and Judd Hirsch is Justin Bartha, with Annie Abrams, Matthew Bohrer, Benjamin Burdick, Gibby Brand, Johnnie Fiori, Frank Kopyc and PaSean Wilson.  Set and costume design by Hildegard Bechtler, lighting design by Neil Austin, music by Adrian Johnston and sound design by Cricket S. Meyers. Casting is by Jim Carnahan with Los Angeles casting by Mark B. Simon. The production stage manager is Barclay Stiff.

In “The Sunshine Boys,” Willie Clark (DeVito) and Al Lewis (Hirsch) are former vaudevillian stars who, after a partnership of over 40 years, are no longer speaking to each other.  When Clark’s nephew, Ben (Bartha), gets a lucrative television offer for Lewis and Clark to give one last show, the two are lured into a grudging reunion and sparks fly in this classic comedy of showbiz and friendship.  DeVito and Hirsch are reuniting on the Ahmanson stage 30 years after they both starred in the landmark television series “Taxi.”

 “The Sunshine Boys”  “… celebrates the clown’s classic gift for turning anger into art,” said Ben Brantley of The New York Times. “Willie Clark … has a carved-in-stone list of things that are funny. Words that have “k” sounds, for instance, like pickle and cake and cucumber. Might I add to that list the image of a tufted Danny DeVito in striped pajamas and a sports jacket? … That’s comedy, folks. And it’s one of the reasons that Thea Sharrock’s production of ‘The Sunshine Boys’ works so incredibly well.”

Tickets for “The Sunshine Boys” are available by calling (213) 972-4400, visiting online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org, or in person at the Center Theatre Group box office at the Ahmanson Theatre. Tickets range from $20 – $110 (ticket prices are subject to change).

The Ahmanson Theatre is located at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. 90012.

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