There’s something special about vaudeville theater. The timing and sensibility, the mix of funny and yet bittersweet.
If you’ve seen Funny Bones, the awesome 1995 movie featuring Oliver Platt, Jerry Lewis and the brilliant Lee Evans, you know what I mean. And if you haven’t seen that movie yet, add it to your que right now, or as soon as you finish entering our contest to win free tickets.
The Guthrie Theater is bringing award-winning American playwright and screenwriter (and MOT) Neil Simon‘s play “The Sunshine Boys” to its stage July 7-September 2, 2012, and it’s in good company in doing so- the play is currently playing in London’s West End, featuring the fabulous Danny DeVito. Sorry we couldn’t score a free pair of airplane and theater tickets to that one.
But while the Guthrie may not have DeVito, this production of Simon’s comedy is, according to the theater, “one of the most highly anticipated events” of its season, bringing together a “dream team” of Raye Birk (Faith Healer, Third) and Peter Michael Goetz (1776, The Government Inspector), to play the cantankerous vaudeville comedians that define Neil Simon’s popular comedy The Sunshine Boys. The Guthrie’s performance is directed by Gary Gisselman (Lost in Yonkers, A Christmas Carol).
The Sunshine Boys follows two aging vaudeville comedians who’ve grown to hate each other over 40+ years of performing together, as they’re brought back together by CBS to reunite for a special on the history of comedy. When the show premiered on Broadway in 1972, it received Tony Award nominations for Best Play, Best Actor in a Play, Best Direction of a Play, and Jack Albertson, who played one of the comedians, won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding performance. You may also be familiar with the 1995 TV rendition of Simon’s play, featuring Woody Allen, with supporting roles by Sarah Jessica Parker and Whoopi Goldberg.
So what is this vaudeville thing? That’s such a great question I’m going to throw it back to you.
If you want to win TC Jewfolk’s pair of free tickets…
TC Jewfolk is giving away one pair of free tickets to a performance of The Sunshine Boys at the Guthrie Theater of your choice between July 8-12th. All you have to do to win is answer this question in the comments to this post before Tuesday, July 3rd at midnight.
How would you explain vaudeville to a fifth grader?
There is no correct answer. We’ll draw one answer from the comments to the post randomly, via Random Line Picker.
Good luck, and enjoy the show!