The Sunshine Boys
Lewis and Clark were trailblazers -- the comedy team, that is. Al Lewis and Willie Clark were vaudeville headliners who worked together 43 years. They haven't spoken in the last 11. Why "the Sunshine Boys" retired is the thrust of Neil Simon's 1972 comedy (imagine Felix Ungar and Oscar Madison living together for four decades), as is having them re-join for a CBS special. Scripps Ranch's opening night had some pacing problems, early on, and the deliveries could have been lighter. Once the show settled in, Phil Johnson (Willie) and Eric Poppick (Al) ran the routines with sharp timing. Kevin Hafso-Koppman and Yolanda Franklin provide strong support work. Mary Larson's fine costumes (all those freaky 1970's colors!) and Andy Scrimger's shabby Manhattan studio set are big pluses.
Worth a try.
Ongoing until Sunday, June 29, 2014