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The Collected Plays, Vol. 4 After reading the Woody Biography, I decided to pick up some Neil Simon.This collection has some of the famous plays I ve heard of before, and some others that just drag What this book made me realize is that I should be writing plays It seems so easy I enjoyed Rumors most of all Lost in Younkers was okay and Jake s women seems like it would be really confusing on stage Laughter made me think of the Woody Allen I had read and seems it would be great to see performed.I loved the intro by Nei After reading the Woody Biography, I decided to pick up some Neil Simon.This collection has some of the famous plays I ve heard of before, and some others that just drag What this book made me realize is that I should be writing plays It seems so easy I enjoyed Rumors most of all Lost in Younkers was okay and Jake s women seems like it would be really confusing on stage Laughter made me think of the Woody Allen I had read and seems it would be great to see performed.I loved the intro by Neil Simon it might have been the best part of the anthology Full disclosure I haven t looked to see the critical acclaim of these plays If nothing else, Simon s intro, Portrait of the Writer As A Schizophrenic is worth a few stars alone It is a fantastic glimpse into the mind of a writer that is able to be in the moment while simultaneously analyzing the moment and seeing it from afar Nora Ephron remarks upon this dichotomy in a similar way Absolutely excellent.The Odd Couple Absolute classic Must read for American comedy.Plaza Suite Really dif Full disclosure I haven t looked to see the critical acclaim of these plays If nothing else, Simon s intro, Portrait of the Writer As A Schizophrenic is worth a few stars alone It is a fantastic glimpse into the mind of a writer that is able to be in the moment while simultaneously analyzing the moment and seeing it from afar Nora Ephron remarks upon this dichotomy in a similar way Absolutely excellent.The Odd Couple Absolute classic Must read for American comedy.Plaza Suite Really different than his other works in that not only is it not a comedy, but it also drags a little bit Not bad, but lacked pace.Barefoot In The Park Absolute classic Must read for American comedy.Come Blow Your Horn I had never heard much about this play prior to reading it, but I really enjoyed it A great gem in this compilation, and an excellent use of having only two characters onstage for long periods of time while keeping it entertaining Several laugh out loud moments.The Star Spangled Girl Easily the best opening to a play I ve read yet The first 15 pages or so are dynamite, but it really slows to a crawl when Sophie enters the show The dynamic changes and it isn t as fun.Promises, Promises The musical adaptation of Billy Wilder s The Apartment It s not bad, but save yourself the time and just read The Apartment.Last of the Red Hot Lovers The last scene is pretty fun Other than that it s okay Doesn t have the same magic with two character dialogue as Come Blow Your Horn Neil Simon is a great comedy writer His plays focusing on humor or simple plots are quick paced and funny However, as his subject matters becomecomplex and serious, so does his humor, negating the effectiveness of his writing I really enjoyed Lost in Yonkers, Rumors, London Suite, and Laughter on the 23rd Floor Jake s Women never caught my attention, perhaps because of the subject matter As a high school student I could find no way to relate to a long winded, petulant writer Neil Simon is a great comedy writer His plays focusing on humor or simple plots are quick paced and funny However, as his subject matters becomecomplex and serious, so does his humor, negating the effectiveness of his writing I really enjoyed Lost in Yonkers, Rumors, London Suite, and Laughter on the 23rd Floor Jake s Women never caught my attention, perhaps because of the subject matter As a high school student I could find no way to relate to a long winded, petulant writer struggling with his marriage The play failed to engage me, and instead of plowing through it I chose to move on to Simon sinteresting works As I never completed Jake s Women, I cannot fairly condemn the entire plot or say that it is as dull to the end as it is in the beginning, but merely that it failed to engage me as a high school reader It s been years since I ve read plays, probably not since my undergraduate days when they were assigned I don t know where this came from, but I enjoyed the mix of serious drama with comedy, as is true of most of Simon s work These were written between 1988 and 1993 some I had heard of and or seen, others were new to me It tempts me to read. Since , A Broadway Season Without A Neil Simon Play Has Been A Rare One For Than Thirty Years, Simon S Wry And Astute Observations On Life, Love, And The Human Condition Have Been Making Audiences Laugh Uproariously Even As His Beautifully Realized Characters Touch Their Hearts These Five Plays, Including The Pulitzer And Tony Award Winning Lost In Yonkers, Show Simon At The Pinnacle Of His Extraordinary Career Rumors Lost In Yonkers Jake S Women Laughter On The Rd Floor London SuiteIncluding The Author S Introduction How To Stop Writing And Other Impossibilities


About the Author: Neil Simon

Marvin Neil Simon was an American playwright and screenwriter He wrotethan 30 plays and he receivedcombined Oscar and Tony nominations than any other writer He was one of the most reliable hitmakers in Broadway history, as well as one of the most performed playwrights in the world Though primarily a comic writer, some of his plays, particularly the Eugene Trilogy and The Sunshine Boys, reflect on the twentieth century Jewish American experience.


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