SUNNY SIDE — Al Lewis (Robert Gerould) and Ben (Marc Berman) find there's nothing like a little cardiac arrest to stop a good fight with Willy Clark (Stephen Kauffman) in Neil Simon's comedy "The Sunshine Boys." Photo by Kris Hunt

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A little ‘sunshine’ hits the Studio Theatre

By June 7, 2011

SUNNY SIDE — Al Lewis (Robert Gerould) and Ben (Marc Berman) find there's nothing like a little cardiac arrest to stop a good fight with Willy Clark (Stephen Kauffman) in Neil Simon's comedy "The Sunshine Boys." Photo by Kris Hunt

“You know what your problem always was Willie? You always took the jokes too seriously!” — The Sunshine Boys

Lewis and Clark were a legend in the world of Vaudeville, bringing laughs to everyone for years. And by the end of it they hated each other. Now it’s years later, 1972, and Clark’s nephew wants to bring the two elderly comedians together for a television special on the history of comedy.

Is there anyway this is going to work out? You bet your bippy! But not without a lot of laughs, rancor, one-liners and some bittersweet memories.

Stephen Kauffman and Robert Gerould take the stage as the two cantankerous ex-partners in Neil Simon’s “The Sunshine Boys,” opening Friday, June 24, at the Studio Theatre. Marc Berman has his work cut out for him as Ben, the nephew trying to bring these two old hats together and maybe, just maybe, find a little closure for them.

They and the rest of the cast are guided through Simon’s brilliant script by director Janelle Kauffman, and the evening promises to be filled with laughs and good times.

Bob and Ro Productions presents “The Sunshine Boys” at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays June 24 through July 24. Tickets are $20 general admission, $18 seniors and $15 students, and can be ordered by calling the box office at (877) 532-7171 between noon and 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Tickets can also be purchased at the door, The Studio Theatre, 1028 R St., Sacramento. The play contains some strong language.

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