Comedian Tim Conway and actor Paxton Whitehead play two old friends reunited in Ron Clark's comedy, A Bench in the Sun, ending its scheduled run July 17 at Westport Country Playhouse in CT. Performances began July 5.
A Bench in the Sun's two childhood buddies, Burt (Conway) and Harold (Whitehead) are reunited after thirty years and pick up their grudge right where they left it. As they trade barbs daily on "their bench," a new sexy resident (Betsy Palmer) moves in, interrupting Burt and Harold's routine. Other writings by Clark include No Hard Feelings, Wally's Cafe and the screenplays to "High Anxiety," "Silent Movie" and "Life Stinks."
Conway is best known for his work on "The Carol Burnett Show." He has won four Emmy Awards for acting as well as one for writing and has also appeared on television in "The Steve Allen Show" and "McHale's Navy." His "Dorf On Golf" videos have proved popular in the home video market.
Whitehead appeared 20 years ago on the Westport stage as Sherlock Holmes in The Crucifer of Blood, a role he created on Broadway. Other Broadway credits include London Suite, My Fair Lady, Lettice and Lovage, Noises Off and Camelot with Richard Burton.
Palmer has been seen on television as a co-host for both "Candid Camera" and "The Today Show" on NBC and in stints on "Knots Landing," "As the World Turns," "The Bob Newhart Show" and "Murder She Wrote." She performed on Broadway in South Pacific, Same Time, Next Year and Affair of Honor. Tickets ($31.50-$8.50) are available by calling (203) 227-4177. The Westport Country Playhouse is located off Post Road East, Route 1.
-- By Christine Ehren