The Sunshine Boys Opening Tonight

Overture, curtains, lights
This is it, the night of nights
No more rehearsing and nursing a part
We know every part by heart

Overture, curtains, lights
This is it, you’ll hit the heights
And oh what heights we’ll hit
On with the show this is it

Tonight what heights we’ll hit
On with the show this is it

Remember this, from The Bugs Bunny Road Runner Show. I think it is very appropriate. This is the first play I have am in (well other than grade school) and I am excited. I have never thought about these words until just now. I started to write “Tonight’s the night, on with the show this is it” and it reminded me of the opening theme or Bugs Bunny. It suddenly means more to me than I can express. A life time of memories floods forth from childhood. Not at all what I intended to write here.

Anyway, please come out to see me and the rest of the cast:

BEN SILVERMAN Michael Nelson
AL LEWIS Kenneth Bergess
NURSE Monique Diaz-Piedra
Directed by: Richard Dillon

The Sunshine Boys Preview Fun

Last night was the preview night for The Sunshine Boys. We had a crowd of about 30 people (including my lovely wife). The majority of the crowd was a group from a local retirement home. They were rather boisterous. When BEN (Michael Nelson) mentioned the “Low Sodium Soups” he had brought for his Uncle WILLIE (Tim Gailey), one of the retired folks said “Yeah, and tastes like nothing too”. Michael had a difficult time keeping his composure and place.

Later when the NURSE (Monique Diaz-Piedra) comes out on stage, and well she is dressed like a voluptuous blond, there were several cheers and loud comments. They had a great time! This is one of the reasons I wanted to get into acting, to entertain. I know it sounds cliche but its true.

The Sunshine Boys – Update

This definitely is a learning experience. You know I was suggested for this small part (2 parts actually: EDDIE and PATIENT) by Jayne Jacobs a few weeks after rehearsals began. Not that this is an issue with learning lines. It’s just the figuring out of the being where I need to be and doing what I need to do during the rehearsals. The physicality. Everybody else already knows. As Chris Harris told us in class “memorizing the lines is just a technicality”.

What I have learned in just two nights of rehearsals: You do need to know, memorize, own your lines, but you also need to be intimately aware of the other actor’s lines to know your queue. You need to be aware of what the other actors are doing. You need to know how other actors react.

An example of the last statement: At one point I (EDDIE) come rushing onto the stage to step in between WILLIE and AL who are in an argument. WILLIE is saying his sentence, I have hold of him to keep him from AL, and I am waiting to say the next line. Well the actor playing WILLIE will keep going in a rant until I start my line. But of course I am waiting for him to end so I can say my line. Everybody was waiting on me. What I learn here is that if I know how the actor acts and what his lines are I should know how and when to “interrupt” correctly.

Play Notice: The Sunshine Boys

Jayne, from my second class with Chris, called me on Friday night having just returned from rehearsal. The person who was to play a very minor part could not and the part had to be recast. She gave me the phone number of the director (Richard Dillon). Well I called and was given the part based on Jayne’s recommendation. Auditions are good, but friends are better. As in anything else in life, it’s who you know!

Play: Neil Simon’s “The Sunshine Boys”
Director: Richard Dillon
Where: Polk Street Players
Description: Two old vaudevillians have been separated for ten years. When the son of one tries to get them back together for one last fling, hilarity ensues.

November 5 – Friday, 8:00 PM
November 6 – Saturday, 8:00 PM Dinner Show
November 11 – Thursday, 8:00 PM
November 12 – Friday, 8:00 PM
November 13 – Saturday, 8:00 PM Dinner Show
November 19 – Friday, 8:00 PM
November 20 – Saturday, 8:00 PM
November 21 – Sunday, 2:30 PM