An unlikely friendship between two elderly men in New York City’s Central Park is the plot for the Redhouse Arts Center’s latest production. It also marks the reunion of two television favorites from “The Love Boat.”
“I’m Not Rappaport” takes center stage with special guest stars Fred Grandy and Ted Lange. It also marks the first time that both actors have worked together since their iconic roles on “The Love Boat” more than 30 years ago.
Their reunion came about during Fred’s tenure at The Redhouse in 2018 while performing “On Golden Pond.” He came up with the idea and pitched it to the theater company. When they agreed, he asked his friend, and the rest, he says, is history.
“It’s a wonderful play. It’s a heartwarming comedy with a lot of big laughs and it’s been a real treat,” Fred added.
Ted has enjoyed working with his friend again and said that he wasn’t sure what their working relationship would look like after all those years. But they realized that it was just like riding a bike.
“…After all that time, you discover that you still have the connection and we started working and it popped right back in and it was great,” Ted said.
Director Vince Cardinale says working with both actors has been a dream come true and having such a great play to work with has also made it easy.
“To have this iconic team of comedians that’s in our culture and part of how we think today, onstage doing it for real, is amazing and I just try to stay out of the way mostly,” he said.
“I’m Not Rappaport” is inspired by two elderly men the playwright met in New York City’s Central Park. The unlikley friendship between the two is the base of the comedic show but Fred says there’s so much more to it.
“As funny as it is, it’s an important play about growing old, being old and taking care of those who are old,” he said. “There’s a lot in this play that a lot of people in our generation can take away because they’re going through it,” he added.
“I’m Not Rappaport” runs at the Redhouse March 14th through the 17th and March 21st through the 24th. For more information about specific showtimes and to purchase tickets visit Redhouse.org