Live theatre returns at Rocky Hill’s Flying Anvil

Jay FitzOur Town Arts, West Knoxville

Flying Anvil Theatre reunites old friends in “The Sunshine Boys,” opening tonight. Two local legends team up for The Sunshine Boys at Flying Anvil Theatre. The classic Neil Simon comedy stars David Dwyer and Steve Dupree as the titular characters: two aging vaudevillians who reunite for one last show.

Dwyer and Dupree play “Lewis and Clark,” top-billed vaudevillians for over 40 years. Now they aren’t even speaking. When CBS requests them for a “History of Comedy” retrospective, a grudging reunion brings the two back together, along with a flood of memories, miseries and laughs. The show was a hit on Broadway and revived several times with actors such as Dick Van Dyke, Walter Matthau and Danny DeVito.

Steve Dupree and David Dwyer star in “The Sunshine Boys.”

Director Jayne Morgan said “The Sunshine Boys” was to be the theatre’s official grand reopening.

“Instead, we’re still limiting seating and requiring masks. Plus, we’re joining the other theatres in town in requiring proof of vaccination or negative Covid test at the door. Keeping audiences safe is our highest priority.”

Tickets for The Sunshine Boys are available here and here. The show opens with a Pay What You Can preview tonight (sold out) and runs through Sunday, Oct. 10. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday–Sunday with the exception of the second Pay What You Can performance on Wednesday, Sept. 22. Tickets are $25 and $27, $13 for students. The theatre is located at 1300 Rocky Hill Rd.

For info on other local events, contact the Arts & Culture Alliance.

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