This weekend saw the launch of a month’s worth of performances of Neil Simon’s “The Sunshine Boys” at the Luna Playhouse in Glendale. Local actors Aramazd Stepanian and Carl Coughlan star under the direction of Edgar Allan Poe IV — a descendant of the famous writer’s brother.
I headed down to the Luna Playhouse Sunday for the opening performance. The theater is small — it seats only about 46 — but, in an intimate way, that brings the audience closer to the action on stage. I was pleased to find that it was pleasantly cool inside, because my last visit to the theater was in the heat of mid-July. I had been to the Luna Playhouse only the once before, for a small jazz concert, and had never seen a play there, so I was especially looking forward to enjoying a few good laughs courtesy of Simon’s witty writing.
Unfortunately, I left a little disappointed, though I seemed to have been the only one who felt that way.