Posts Tagged ‘Neil Simon’

BAREFOOT IN THE PARK

Inspired direction and a pitch-perfect cast make barebones blackbox magic this week only at Silver Lake’s Lyric Hyperion Theatre in the 1963 Neil Simon romcom classic Barefoot In The Park.
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PROMISES, PROMISES

With songs by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, book by Neil Simon (based on a Billy Wilder cinematic classic), a 1281-performance Broadway run, and a recent B-way revival, you’d think 1968’s Promises, Promises would have merited at least one major L.A. staging in the last fifteen years. Grievously, it hasn’t, which is one big reason audiences were in for a treat at Musical Theatre Guild’s altogether groovy one-night-only concert staged reading .
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BROADWAY BOUND

Neil Simon plays don’t get any finer than his semi-autobiographical 1986 dramedy Broadway Bound, nor intimate theater revivals any more flawless than the Broadway Bound revival now playing at West L.A.’s Odyssey Theatre under Jason Alexander’s inspired direction.
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THE GOODBYE GIRL

Sunday’s delightful “family-affair” concert staged reading of the 1993 Broadway flop The Goodbye Girl made it abundantly clear why, despite a stellar pedigree, the Neil Simon-Marvin Hamlisch-David Zippel musical was not destined for a long life on The Great White Way, yet proved a perfect choice for Musical Theatre West’s One-Night-Only Reiner Reading Series.
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THE ODD COUPLE (FEMALE VERSION)


Oscar becomes “Olive” and Felix “Florence” as the classic Neil Simon comedy The Odd Couple takes on a distinctively distaff tone at Santa Monica’s Morgan-Wixson Theatre in a production of The Odd Couple (Female Version) so all-around topnotch, you’ll be asking yourself, “Can this possibly be community theater?”
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LITTLE ME


It takes directorial brilliance (and balls) to take a Broadway show with a cast of thirty-six playing more than three dozen roles and stage it with a mere nine performers and no set design other than one comfy armchair and pull it off, but pull it off director David Lamoureux and his cast of nine did on Sunday as Musical Theatre West opened its Reiner Reading Series’ fourth season with the 1962 Broadway gem Little Me.
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BROADWAY BOUND


Neil Simon reminisces about his last days of being a live-at-home son and the earliest days of his writing career in Broadway Bound, the third play in Simon’s “Eugene Trilogy” and one of the master scribe’s bona fide masterworks, now getting a Broadway-caliber revival by McCoy-Rigby Entertainment at the La Mirada Theatre For The Performing Arts.
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