Middle-aged and married, overworked and overweight, Barney Cashman wants to join the sexual revolution before it's too late. With no experience in adultery he arranges three seductions: Elaine Navazio proves to be a foul-mouthed bundle of neuroses; Bobbi Michele, the 20-ish actress is too kooky by half; and Jeanette Fisher, a gloomy, depressed housewife happens to be married to Barney's best friend.
The play opened on Broadway in 1969, featuring James Coco, Linda Lavin, Doris Roberts and Marcia Rodd. This delightful comedy is a co-production with Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre and is co-directed by Allison McDonell Page and Shira Dubrovner. It stars Chuck Scatolini, Julia Runcie, Allison McDonell Page, and Shira Dubrovner.
Clive Barnes in his review in The New York Times wrote Neil Simon "is as witty as ever...but he is now controlling that special verbal razzle-dazzle that has at times seemed mechanically chill... There is the dimension of humanity to its humor so that you can love it as well as laugh at it."
The New York Post called it “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." The Wall Street Journal recently referred to it as “…Very funny and genuinely touching.”
“The play feels surprisingly modern and still rings true today,” says Page. “It’s hilarious and poignant and I think the Mammoth community will love it, whether you have been married for a long time or not. What a great way to bring SCT and MLRT together. Acting and co-directing with Shira has been fantastic.”
“Who knew Neil Simon could be so funny?” asked Dubrovner. “Okay, so everyone but me until I started working on this show. It has been a great experience getting back on stage and a pleasure working with Allison, Chuck and Julia.”