Originally Published: March 1, 2002 5:15 p.m.
An evening of vaudevillian humor and entertainment lights up the Yavapai College Performance Hall with Neil Simon's comedy hit, "The Sunshine Boys," at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, featuring lead performances by Dick Van Patten and Frank Gorshin.
"The Sunshine Boys" is a story of vaudeville, a valentine to that great American comic tradition. It is a story of growing old – that great American terror – a story of friendship and reconciliation, and a story of great slapstick gags and comic mayhem.
Neil Simon's comedy hit revolves around Lewis and Clark, two retired ex-vaudevillians. Together for 43 years, they had been a nationally famous act, "The Sunshine Boys."
Apart, they are a couple of lonely old men, holding grudges against each other.
The hilarity begins when Clark's nephew convinces them to come together, in spite of their personal differences, for a final television appearance in a salute to American show business.
With a remarkable career that includes more than 600 radio shows, 27 Broadway plays, 24 feature films and seven television series, Dick Van Patten is still perhaps best known for his popular starring role as Tom Bradford in the long-running hit series, "Eight is Enough."
Frank Gorshin was born in Pittsburgh and spent nights perfecting his impressions at nightclubs. One of Gorshin's greatest achievements was his portrayal of the Riddler on the "Batman" TV shows.
Tickets are $27 general admission, $26 for students, available in the art gallery of the Yavapai College Performance Hall, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Saturday, or at the door prior to each performance. To order tickets by phone, call 776-2033.
"The Sunshine Boys" is co-sponsored by KNOT 1450 AM, KQNA 1130 AM, and PACE (Performing Arts Charitable Endowment).