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Old-school comedy from Averitt favorites Whitaker, Frazier
Mical Whitaker
Mical Whitaker
Eddie Frazier
Eddie Frazier

Legendary local actors Mical Whitaker and Eddie Frazier head a hilarious cast in the Averitt STARS production of "The Sunshine Boys" on Feb. 11-14.

Co-directed by Ressie Fuller and Carol Thompson, the Neil Simon comedy will be performed on the Jan Brown Anderson stage of the Emma Kelly Theater on Feb. 11-13 at 7:30 p.m. in a 3 p.m. matinee performance on the 14th. The Sunday performance is particularly special because the day is Whitaker’s 80th birthday.

Al Lewis (Whitaker) and Willie Clark (Frazier) were once a successful vaudevillian comedy duo known as the Sunshine Boys. During the later years of their 43-year run, animosity between the partners grew to the point where they ceased to speak with each other. Al retired from show business, leaving Willie struggling to keep his career afloat and the two men have not spoken to each other in 12 years.

Whitaker, a professional actor for the majority of his life, was honored in 2013 by being name as a member of the Georgia Theatre Hall of Fame. He is a Georgia Southern professor emeritus in theater. A Metter native, his career has taken him to theaters and radio in New York, around the country, and back to south Georgia. At the time of his retirement, Whitaker had directed and/or acted in over 100 productions throughout his 23-year Georgia Southern tenure. Since retirement, he has been heavily involved in the Averitt Center for the Arts. He founded the Statesboro Youth Theater and is the driving force behind "Behold: Here Cometh The Dreamer" and the ONE series. The Whitaker Black Box Theater at 41 West Main Street is named in his honor.

Frazier has been teaching drama at Statesboro High School since 2001, and has been the theater director there since 2004. 

He’s directed dramatic pieces such as "Wit," "Suddenly, Last Summer," "‘night, Mother" and "The Whales of August" as well as numerous large musical theater productions. 

On stage at the Averitt, he has starred as Uncle Fester in "The Addams Family," Dr. Frank-n-Furter in "The Rocky Horror Show" and in a one-man show ONE: Eddie Frazier.

"The Sunshine Boys" is exclusively sponsored by Southern Manor. Tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for Averitt Center members, members of the military, first-responders and city of Statesboro employees and $15 for students with ID. 

Due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines, seating is very limited. There are also no online sales. To purchase tickets, simply visit the box office at the Averitt Center Main Gallery (open 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday) or call 912-212-2787.