JACKIE GLEASON AND FRIENDS: November 16 – 19/ 23 – 26. Doors @ 7:30PM. Show Starts @ 8:00. (Both Matinees @ 2:00: SOLD OUT.) General Admission $25. Jackie Gleason and Friends is a two-act stage bio about the life of "The Great One," Jackie Gleason. Born into poverty in Brooklyn and with little formal education, Gleason clawed his way to the top of the show-business world to become one of the most successful and wealthiest comedians of his time. Tim Hevesi plays Gleason with a magical touch that transports the complex entertainer's life to the stage. Toots Shor, Gleason's life-long best friend is played with comparable dexterity by Dan Penrose. Their outrageous relationship in the play lights up the theatre with uproarious laughter. Gleason's close association with Audrey Meadows (Gail Edwards), Joyce Randolph (Elaine Hale), Art Carney (Dan Anderson), and June Taylor (Babe Schurter-Santi) is also presented with great sensitivity. Mike Durkacz (Gleason's manager) and Tom Mays (a CBS executive) help us to explore other important facets of Gleason's life. Willard Boudreau directs Bob Knuckle's script with remarkable imagination and sensitivity. This is a beautiful, serious drama about a complicated man that is presented with a lot of joy and laughter.