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for the TV Interviews of
The Sunshine Boys.


(Poster by: Caitlin Hecsh)
Click on the poster to purchase tickets!

There will not be a performance on July 4th.
Instead there will be an additional performance on Thursday July 9th.

Pay What You Will performance on July 2!

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Neil Simon Shines
At The Adobe Theater!

Three Reviews, Three Raves!

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to read them in full



 

 Excerpts:

"Director Lorri Layle Oliver has brought excellence to the Adobe stage in all areas."

"The two comedians are superbly portrayed by James Cady and Philip J. Shortell"

"Jonathan Dunski as Nephew Ben is the ideal straight man"

"Voluptuous Haley Morrell is an outstanding Nurse
who makes the men in the audience glad they have Medicare."

"Director Lorri Layle Oliver leads a sharp and touching production of

“The Sunshine Boys” "

"James Cady gives a priceless performance as Willie Clark"

" Shortell shifts gears expertly and convinces us that Lewis and Clark is an enterprise worthy of our devotion."

"Playing Ben Silverman is Jonathan Dunski, who is sensational at representing the new generation of talent and custodian of his Uncle’s legacy"

"Sandra Williams in her first non-musical role as Willie’s nurse, played flawlessly deadpan and bossy."

"JHaley Morrell in her Adobe debut as the voluptuous Burlesque Nurse charmingly adds a titillating note of taboo."

Neil Simon is the most successful, most popular American writer of stage comedies of the last 55 years—and, quite possibly, of the 239 years since 1776!


In Simon’s The Sunshine Boys, aging Al Lewis and Willie Clark, a one-time vaudevillian team known as "Lewis and Clark", not only grew to hate each other over the course of forty-odd years together, they never spoke to each other off-stage throughout the final year of their act. The stubborn Clark, who was not ready for retirement, resented the wiser Lewis for breaking up the act when he opted to leave show business. 




Television giant CBS  has invited the team to reunite for a special on the history of comedy, with the pair representing the vaudeville era at its best. Clark is convinced by his nephew Ben to revive one of the old routines one last time. Much of the humor in the play is derived from efforts to get the two cantankerous actors into the same room for a rehearsal, their differences of opinion once they reunite, and their shenanigans on the actual broadcast.  The play displays a great deal of nostalgia and affection for vaudeville.


The Sunshine Boys (Neil Simon’s ninth play not including musicals) premiered on Broadway in December 1972 and ran until April 1974.  It starred Jack Albertson as Willie Clark and Sam Levene as Al Lewis, and was directed by Alan Arkin. Since 1974, the play has had a Broadway revival, a movie version, a Hallmark TV version, and has been performed thousands of times around the world. The play has also offered meaty roles for numerous “older” comic actors. Some who have portrayed Al Lewis include Lou Jacobi, Tony Randall, Judd Hirsch, George Burns (who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, 1976), and Woody Allen. Some who have played Willie Clark include Jack Gilford, Jack Klugman, Danny DeVito, Walter Matthau, and Peter Falk.


 


Click on a cast/crew members name below to see her/his bio and photo

or
click here for the full page of cast crew information!


This 2015 presentation at The Adobe Theater is directed by Lorri Layle Oliver and features James Cady as Willie Clark and Philip J. Shortell as Al Lewis, with Jonathan Dunski as Willie’s nephew and agent, Ben. Other members of the cast are Patrick J. Brennan, Paul Ingles, Haley Morrell, Sarah Seaton and Sandra Williams.

Albuquerque theatergoers will have seen in recent years Lorri Oliver and Philip J. Shortell on stage together in Arthur Miller's DEATH OF A SALESMAN (directed by James Cady) at The Vortex Theatre,  and in ALL MY SONS (directed by James Cady) at The Adobe Theater. Most recently at The Adobe they performed the very successful SOUVENIR A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins (again directed by James Cady). Now Lorri directs Jim and Phil !!



The Sunshine Boys  opened at The ADOBE Theater on Friday, June 19th and runs 4 weekends through Sunday, July 12th.  Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:00pm with a special ‘Pay What You Will’ performance (to benefit the cast and crew) on Thursday July 2nd at 7.30pm. There will NOT be a performance on July 4th. Instead there will be an additional performance on Thursday July 9th. Tickets are only $17, seniors and students $15. Reservations 505-898-9222 or simply click here!

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Theater Location:
9813 Fourth Street NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico
(2 blocks north of Alameda Boulevard)

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Mailing Address:
The Adobe Theater, Inc.
P.O. Box 276
Corrales NM 87048
Theater Main Number & Reservations:
505-898-9222

A Proud Member of the Albuquerque Theater Guild