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One more chance to see ‘Sunshine Boys’

August 19, 2012
Williamsport Sun-Gazette

The classic Neil Simon play "The Sunshine Boys" will bring laughs and fun to all. The story centers around a pair of comedians from the vaudeville era who were the best in the business for close to 40 years. Unfortunately, one night, one of the partners, Al Lewis, decides he is retiring, which means his partner, Willie Clark, also gets retired. Clark becomes a bitter old man alone with only one living relative - his nephew Ben, who also is his agent.

Clark wants to work but the jobs are few and far between for an old comedian. Then along comes a job - with one problem, Clark would have to work with Al Lewis again after holding a grudge for 12 years. A big network salute to comedy wants The Sunshine Boys to do one of their old routines - "The Doctor Will See You Now."

What ensues is old variety and vintage hilarity in this classic comedy of show biz and friendship, making for one touching and funny show for people of all ages. In a strange parallel, the two actors portraying Clark and Lewis performed this same show 12 years ago at the Millbrook Playhouse. This comedy is presented by Custom Taylored Productions and will be performed in The Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave., a new location for theater in Williamsport.

Many people are familiar with Custom Taylored Productions as the troupe that puts on mystery dinner theater in the Williamsport, Pennsdale and Sunbury area. The last production was "Lost in the Bermuda Triangle" at the Pennsdale Community Center.

The group also did the "Rocky Horror" show at that location last summer. Other venues have been 33 East and Holiday Inn.

Performing in this show will be Jerry Beardsley as Clark. Beardsley is a veteran performer in the area having appeared in shows at Community Theater League ("A Month of Sundays," "Guys and Dolls"), Rockwell Theater, Scottish Rite Players, Williamsport Players, Millbrook Playhouse, plus shows in New York and Philadelphia. This is the sixth time that Beardsley has performed this role. Beardsley was coaxed out of retirement to be Clark for another time.

Playing opposite Beardsley will be Bob Taylor as Lewis. Taylor also is a veteran performer in the Williams- port areas are having performed at CTL ("Moving Mountains," "The Sword and The Stone"), Scottish Rite Players, MATOTA, Millbrook Playhouse and the Valley Players. Taylor is the director of musicals at Muncy High School. Nick Buckman plays the Clark's nephew Ben. Buckman has been seen in many Custom Taylored Productions (Eddie in "Rocky Horror") plus shows at CTL ("Annie Get Your Gun," "Family Plot"). Additional cast members include Deb Buckman (CTL's "Love, Sex, and the IRS"), April Feigles-Rearick, Adam Rearick and Melissa Dineen. The show will be presented at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and are available at the door. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Entrance to the Pajama Factory theater (former Site:B) is on the Rose Street site of the building. Custom Taylored Productions' next show will be a repeat of the "Rocky Horror Picture Show" in late October, also at the Pajama Factory. Auditions for "Rocky Horror" will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Pajama Factory. Please come prepared to sing.



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