Maple Grove, Crystal Actors Shine in ‘A Bench in the Sun’
After the Plymouth Playhouse closed at the end of 2017 there really wasn’t another outlet like it in the northwest metro. But actors Ross Young, of Crystal, and Paul Schoenack, of Maple Grove, found a place in the southwest metro.
They’re performing in “A Bench in the Sun” at the DayTrippers Dinner Theatre. Like the Plymouth Playhouse before it closed, DayTrippers offers daytime theater.
“We have tour operator groups, we have retiree groups, we have church groups, we have company groups, we have all kinds of groups, who actually need things to do during the daytime. We are primarily a daytime theater,” said Bill Kenzie, owner of DayTrippers.
“A Bench in the Sun” involves two curmudgeonly seniors. Think “Grumpy Old Men” meets “The Odd Couple.”
“Two elderly gentlemen living in a retirement home. They’re more frenemies than anything else. Then you throw a retired actress into the mix and it gets kind of funny,” said Paul Schoenack who plays Burt.
The script is laced with snappy one liners.
“Do you have to make all that noise?” said Bert.
“It’s called chewing remember,” said Harold, played by Young.
“What is that supposed to mean?” asked Bert.
“It means that some of us can still eat solids,” said Harold.
“I eat solids,” said Bert.
Harold said, “Pills don’t count.”
The play is based off the book “A Bench in the Sun,” published in 2002 by author Ron Clark.
“Mel Brooks said this play is very wise, very moving, but most of all very funny,” said Kenzie.
You can see “A Bench in the Sun” at DayTrippers Dinner Theatre in Bloomington through Oct. 29. There’s daytime performances this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Lunch begins at 12:15 p.m. followed by the performance at 1:15 pm.
DayTrippers Dinner Theatre is located at 9152 Old Cedar Ave. Bloomington MN 55425. Call: (952) 393-3644 or email email@example.com for more information.