Dickens to host ‘The Sunshine Boys’ early next month

For one weekend only, Sept. 4-7, the Dickens Parlour Theatre will host Neil Simon’s comedy “The Sunshine Boys,” which celebrates the best in classic sketch comedy, with beloved characters from the Vaudeville era.

An evening of conversation and performance will include a live reading featuring veteran performers Bob Fitch, Rich Bloch, David Kovac, Lisandra Tena and friends.

In “The Sunshine Boys,” Al and Willie, as “Lewis and Clark,” were top-billed stars for more than 40 years. Now they aren’t even speaking. When CBS requests them for a “History of Comedy” retrospective, a grudging reunion brings the two famous performers back together, along with a flood of memories, miseries and laughs.

Bob Fitch is an award-winning actor who has appeared in more than 25 original Broadway shows. Rich Bloch is an actor, magician, writer and the founder of Dickens Parlour Theatre. David Kovac is one of Chicago busiest entertainers, having “honed characterization and comic timing to perfection,” according to The Chicago Sun-Times. Lisandra Tena was named one of the “Top 5 emerging artists to watch” by the Chicago Tribune, and her recent appearances include a reoccurring role on the television show “Chicago PD.”

Tickets to the show, which will start at 7 p.m. each night, cost $25 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.dptmagic.com