The Collected Plays of Neil Simon, Volume 1

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"If Broadway ever erects a monument to a patron saint of laughter, Neil Simon will have to be it." —Neil Simon

This first volume of The Collected Plays of Neil Simon contains the triumphs that put Neil Simon's unique brand of comic genius on the American stage, and made him the most successful playwright of his generation. His mixture of verbal wit and beautifully crafted farce, ethnic humor and insight into universal foible, and above all compassion and understanding, make even...

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Overview

"If Broadway ever erects a monument to a patron saint of laughter, Neil Simon will have to be it." —Neil Simon

This first volume of The Collected Plays of Neil Simon contains the triumphs that put Neil Simon's unique brand of comic genius on the American stage, and made him the most successful playwright of his generation. His mixture of verbal wit and beautifully crafted farce, ethnic humor and insight into universal foible, and above all compassion and understanding, make even his sharpest barbs touch the heart as well as the funny bone. These seven plays, beginning with his unforgettable debut, Come Blow Your Horn, make us laugh uproariously even as we indelibly identify with the objects of our laughter.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452258709
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/28/1986
  • Series: Collected Plays of Neil Simon Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 672
  • Sales rank: 558,393
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Since 1960, a Broadway season without a Neil Simon comedy or musical has been a rare one. His first play was Come Blow Your Horn, followed by the musical Little Me. During the 1966-67 season, Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, Sweet Charity, and The Star-Spangled Girl were all running simultaneously; in the 1970-71 season, Broadway theatergoers had their choice of Plaza Suite, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, and Promises, Promises. Next came The Gingerbread Lady, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, The Sunshine Boys, The Good Doctor, God's Favorite, California Suite, Chapter Two, the musical They're Playing Our Song, I Ought to Be in Pictures, Brighton Beach Memoirs (which won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play of 1983), Biloxi Blues (which won the Tony Award for Best Play of 1985), and the female version of The Odd Couple.

Mr. Simon began his writing career in television, writing The Phil Silvers Show and Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows. He has also written the screen adaptations of Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, Plaza Suite, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, The Sunshine Boys, California Suite, Chapter Two, and I Ought to Be in Pictures. His original screenplays include The Out-of-Towners, The Hearbreak Kid, Murder by Death, The Goodbye Girl, The Cheap Detective, Seems Like Old Times, Only When I Laugh, Max Dugan Returns, and The Slugger's Wife. He received the Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize in 1991 for Lost in Yonkers.

The author lives in California and New York. He is married to Diane Lander and has three daughters, Ellen, Nancy, and Bryn.

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Table of Contents

The Collected Plays Of Neil Simon Introduction: Portrait of the Writer as a Schizophrenic

Come Blow Your Horn

Barefoot In The Park

The Odd Couple

The Star-Spangled Girl

Promises, Promises

Plaza Suite

Last Of The Red Hot Lovers

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2006

    What a great collection

    This really encompasses the first part of his work phenominally. There are so many good plays that I could hardly put down the book. From The Odd Couple to Star-Spangled girl he puts on one hec of a show!

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