Sharing a love for Jackie Gleason

WhatsOn Oct 12, 2017 by Debra Downey Dundas Star News

Playwright Bob Knuckle shares his love for an iconic American comedian and actor with his latest work, Jackie Gleason and Friends.

The play begins its run at The Pearl Company in Hamilton on Nov. 16.

Gleason, who died in 1987 at the age of 71, starred in the acclaimed television show The Honeymooners. He played bombastic bus driver Ralph Kramden, whose get-rich-quick schemes and antics with his best friend thrilled a generation of television viewers.

“When I was younger, I loved watching The Honeymooners on TV,” said Knuckle. “I never missed a program and, down through the years, I’ve watched a lot of replays. I still watch them on YouTube.

“I like Ralph Kramden’s bluster and his preposterous overreactions to the dumb situations he gets himself into. And I enjoy the volatile relationship he shares with his best friend, Ed Norton.”

Knuckle said the biographical play Jackie Gleason and Friends is presented through his interaction with real-life buddy Toots Shor, who operated a New York restaurant during the 1940s and 1950s.

During the play, audience members learn of Gleason’s relationship with his fellow Honeymooners — actors Art Carney, Audrey Meadows and Joyce Randolph. Gleason’s manager and a CBS executive also reveal various aspects of his life.

“ ... the main reason I chose to write about Jackie Gleason is because I wanted to write about a complex, interesting person — someone who had many facets, both good and bad, in his character,” said Knuckle. “I thought about this for a long time and came to realize that Jackie Gleason was that man.”

The cast of Jackie Gleason and Friends includes Tim Hevesi as Gleason and Dan Penrose as Toots Shor, Dan Anderson, Gail Edwards, Elaine Hale, Babe Schurter-Santi, Mike Durkacz and Tom Mays.

Willard Boudreau, whom Knuckle describes as the “most accomplished director in our area,” directs the play. It is the pair’s eighth collaboration.

“(Willard) brings his rich imagination to the play and helps to lift the words off the page and make them believable,” said Knuckle.

The play runs at The Pearl Company, 16 Steven St., 8 p.m., Nov. 16-18 and 23-25, with matinees on Nov. 19 and 26 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $25; call 905-524-0606.

Jackie Gleason and Friends is Knuckle’s 13th stage play, eight of which have been produced at major venues in Canada, the United States and Europe, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

 

Dundas playwright Bob Knuckle pens Jackie Gleason and Friends

Play directed by Willard Boudreau runs at Hamilton’s Pearl Company

WhatsOn Oct 12, 2017 by Debra Downey Dundas Star News

Playwright Bob Knuckle shares his love for an iconic American comedian and actor with his latest work, Jackie Gleason and Friends.

The play begins its run at The Pearl Company in Hamilton on Nov. 16.

Gleason, who died in 1987 at the age of 71, starred in the acclaimed television show The Honeymooners. He played bombastic bus driver Ralph Kramden, whose get-rich-quick schemes and antics with his best friend thrilled a generation of television viewers.

“When I was younger, I loved watching The Honeymooners on TV,” said Knuckle. “I never missed a program and, down through the years, I’ve watched a lot of replays. I still watch them on YouTube.

. the main reason I chose to write about Jackie Gleason is because I wanted to write about a complex, interesting person — someone who had many facets, both good and bad, in his character.

“I like Ralph Kramden’s bluster and his preposterous overreactions to the dumb situations he gets himself into. And I enjoy the volatile relationship he shares with his best friend, Ed Norton.”

Knuckle said the biographical play Jackie Gleason and Friends is presented through his interaction with real-life buddy Toots Shor, who operated a New York restaurant during the 1940s and 1950s.

During the play, audience members learn of Gleason’s relationship with his fellow Honeymooners — actors Art Carney, Audrey Meadows and Joyce Randolph. Gleason’s manager and a CBS executive also reveal various aspects of his life.

“ ... the main reason I chose to write about Jackie Gleason is because I wanted to write about a complex, interesting person — someone who had many facets, both good and bad, in his character,” said Knuckle. “I thought about this for a long time and came to realize that Jackie Gleason was that man.”

The cast of Jackie Gleason and Friends includes Tim Hevesi as Gleason and Dan Penrose as Toots Shor, Dan Anderson, Gail Edwards, Elaine Hale, Babe Schurter-Santi, Mike Durkacz and Tom Mays.

Willard Boudreau, whom Knuckle describes as the “most accomplished director in our area,” directs the play. It is the pair’s eighth collaboration.

“(Willard) brings his rich imagination to the play and helps to lift the words off the page and make them believable,” said Knuckle.

The play runs at The Pearl Company, 16 Steven St., 8 p.m., Nov. 16-18 and 23-25, with matinees on Nov. 19 and 26 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $25; call 905-524-0606.

Jackie Gleason and Friends is Knuckle’s 13th stage play, eight of which have been produced at major venues in Canada, the United States and Europe, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

 

Dundas playwright Bob Knuckle pens Jackie Gleason and Friends

Play directed by Willard Boudreau runs at Hamilton’s Pearl Company

WhatsOn Oct 12, 2017 by Debra Downey Dundas Star News

Playwright Bob Knuckle shares his love for an iconic American comedian and actor with his latest work, Jackie Gleason and Friends.

The play begins its run at The Pearl Company in Hamilton on Nov. 16.

Gleason, who died in 1987 at the age of 71, starred in the acclaimed television show The Honeymooners. He played bombastic bus driver Ralph Kramden, whose get-rich-quick schemes and antics with his best friend thrilled a generation of television viewers.

“When I was younger, I loved watching The Honeymooners on TV,” said Knuckle. “I never missed a program and, down through the years, I’ve watched a lot of replays. I still watch them on YouTube.

. the main reason I chose to write about Jackie Gleason is because I wanted to write about a complex, interesting person — someone who had many facets, both good and bad, in his character.

“I like Ralph Kramden’s bluster and his preposterous overreactions to the dumb situations he gets himself into. And I enjoy the volatile relationship he shares with his best friend, Ed Norton.”

Knuckle said the biographical play Jackie Gleason and Friends is presented through his interaction with real-life buddy Toots Shor, who operated a New York restaurant during the 1940s and 1950s.

During the play, audience members learn of Gleason’s relationship with his fellow Honeymooners — actors Art Carney, Audrey Meadows and Joyce Randolph. Gleason’s manager and a CBS executive also reveal various aspects of his life.

“ ... the main reason I chose to write about Jackie Gleason is because I wanted to write about a complex, interesting person — someone who had many facets, both good and bad, in his character,” said Knuckle. “I thought about this for a long time and came to realize that Jackie Gleason was that man.”

The cast of Jackie Gleason and Friends includes Tim Hevesi as Gleason and Dan Penrose as Toots Shor, Dan Anderson, Gail Edwards, Elaine Hale, Babe Schurter-Santi, Mike Durkacz and Tom Mays.

Willard Boudreau, whom Knuckle describes as the “most accomplished director in our area,” directs the play. It is the pair’s eighth collaboration.

“(Willard) brings his rich imagination to the play and helps to lift the words off the page and make them believable,” said Knuckle.

The play runs at The Pearl Company, 16 Steven St., 8 p.m., Nov. 16-18 and 23-25, with matinees on Nov. 19 and 26 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $25; call 905-524-0606.

Jackie Gleason and Friends is Knuckle’s 13th stage play, eight of which have been produced at major venues in Canada, the United States and Europe, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.