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Last of the Red Hot Lovers

Last of the Red Hot Lovers
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Neil Simon
Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 78
Pub. Date: 1970
ISBN-10: 0573611432
ISBN-13: 9780573611438
Cast Size: 3 women, 1 man

About the Play:

Last of the Red Hot Lovers is a full-length comedy by Neil Simon. The nagging doubts and unresolved conflict inherent in a decades-long marriage are at the heart of this hilarious play. A middle-aged, overweight and married wannabe philanderer discovers extramarital indulgences aren't all they're cracked up to be in three separate affairs that fall flat in this classic Neil Simon comedy.

Last of the Red Hot Lovers is about a modern man in the hip 1960s who looks for something new and different, but ends up finding himself in the same situation, again and again…and again! Barney Cashman, middle aged, overworked, and with no experience in covert maneuvers, is bored with his bland "nice" life. He anxiously turns to three women for validation and distraction before it's too late, and his attempts at seduction will leave you howling with laughter: the first, Elaine Navazio proves to be a foul-mouthed bundle of neuroses; Bobbi Michele is next, a 20-ish actress who's too kooky by half; finally comes September and Jeanette Fisher, a gloomy, depressed housewife who happens to be married to Barney's best friend. Each attempt fails worse than the last and these hilarious mishaps force Barney to realize that what he thought was missing might been there all along.

Last of the Red Hot Lovers premiered in 1969 at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on Broadway and ran for over two years, receiving a Tony Award nomination for Best Play. The play is regularly performed in repertory, college, and community theatre productions.

Cast: 3 women, 1 man.

What people say:

"Mr. Simon has created a great character here…it is extraordinarily funny and yet also charming… as witty as ever, perhaps wittier." — New York Times

"Delightfully hilarious and witty, as well as filled with wisdom about human nature… an uproariously funny author. But he is far more than that. He has a mellow and compassionate understanding of how weak and essentially well meaning mankind behaves… a genuinely brilliant play." — New York Post

Neil Simon (1927-2018) was America's most prolific playwright. He had dozens of plays and nearly as many major motion pictures produced. He was showered with more Academy and Tony nominations than any other writer, and is the only playwright to have four Broadway productions running simultaneously. His plays have been produced in dozens of languages, and have been blockbuster hits from Beijing to Moscow. His true success, however, is in his unique way of exposing something real in the American spirit.

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