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Red Curtain promises high-quality theater season

  • Michael G. McFadden plays Ben Silverman, the long-suffering nephew of Willie Clark (Floyd Reichman) in Red Curtain Production of "The Sunshine Bo...

    Leilani Saper

    Michael G. McFadden plays Ben Silverman, the long-suffering nephew of Willie Clark (Floyd Reichman) in Red Curtain Production of "The Sunshine Boys" by Neil Simon, opening tonight at the Historic Everett Theatre.

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By Theresa Goffredo
Herald Writer
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  • Michael G. McFadden plays Ben Silverman, the long-suffering nephew of Willie Clark (Floyd Reichman) in Red Curtain Production of "The Sunshine Bo...

    Leilani Saper

    Michael G. McFadden plays Ben Silverman, the long-suffering nephew of Willie Clark (Floyd Reichman) in Red Curtain Production of "The Sunshine Boys" by Neil Simon, opening tonight at the Historic Everett Theatre.

Director Scott Randall calls "The Sunshine Boys" a "roller coaster ride" of comedy where it will be hard to catch one's breath between all the rapid-fire jokes.
And "Sunshine Boys" is also something else -- an example of the kind of high-quality community theater people should expect from the Red Curtain Foundation this year, said Randall, Red Curtain's president.
"This year we are kicking it up a notch," Randall said.
The nonprofit Red Curtain has been around since 2009 and has produced plays for Historic Everett Theatre's stage.
The theater foundation has had some successes, such as "Blithe Spirit." The foundation's acting classes have produced students who have had success in local theater, independent films and national commercials. Three alumni live in New York, studying and working as actors.
And that's all good. But this year, Randall intends to raise the quality of the local productions to a higher level.
"Last season it went well and this year is a kind of a reboot," Randall said. "We will be focusing on the quality of our plays this year, taking a fresh look at everything we are doing, solidifying what we are doing and showing more diversity in what we are doing with the quality always there."
Red Curtain has got some "incredible talent" but realistically Randall knows its shows can't be on the same level as Village Theatre. However, that doesn't mean people can't consider Red Curtain before they drive to Seattle.
"We will be focusing on how high the quality can be," Randall said.
For instance, in "Sunshine Boys," which is reminiscent of the comedy "The Odd Couple," leading actor Floyd Reichman will play Willy Clark for the fourth time.
"He is bringing so much to the performance with a rich understanding of the character," Randall said.
Gregg Hays, playing Al Lewis, is "one of the most hilarious actors on stage," Randall said.
And local favorite Mike McFadden, a veteran of community theater, is part of the cast.
"Sunshine Boys," by Neil Simon, is written in the tempo of vaudeville, very snappy and with high energy.
This comedy focuses on Al Lewis and Willy Clark, a vaudevillian team known as "Lewis and Clark" who performed together for more than 40 years and not only grew to hate each other but never spoke to each other off stage throughout the final year of their act.
The stubborn Clark, who was not ready for retirement, resented the wiser Lewis for breaking up the act when he opted to leave show business.
Jump ahead to 1972, when CBS invites the curmudgeons to reunite for a special on the history of comedy. Clark is persuaded to revive an old routine.
The laughs really start to pile up as the two cantankerous men are in the same room for a rehearsal; when their differences of opinion rekindle once they reunite; and as they act out during the actual broadcast.
"The Sunshine Boys" opens at 8 Fridayat Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave., Everett. The show runs through Oct. 7.
Tickets are $16.50 and $13 and $5 for kids 12 and under, in person at the box office, at 425-258-6766 or online at ">www.brownpapertickets.com.
Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424; goffredo@heraldnet.com.
Red Curtain
Red Curtain's season will continue with the noir-style thriller, "Laura," in January and Edward Albee's dark comedy about suburban living in the 1950s in "Everything in the Garden" in April.
Also, Red Curtain's fall session of acting classes will begin Sept 24. The most popular class, Adult Acting, returns to the lineup along with a new offering for teens. A drama club class will have a looser structure and allow students to help guide their own learning, based on what they want to accomplish and learn about acting and the theater world.
To keep costs down, fall classes will be on the pay-what-you-can system. After registering a $25 fee, students can pay whatever they can afford each night for their class.
Also new ticketing this year includes new student/educator rush tickets, which are $5 on the day of show (with ID) for any play.
For inquiries about Red Curtain Foundation contact redcurtainfoundation@gmail.com.
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