The Play Goes On: A Me...
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The Play Goes On: A Memoir

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A revealing and heartfelt memoir of a Pulitzer Prize–winning artist finding joy and inspiration after tragedy.

In his critically acclaimed Rewrites, Neil Simon talked about his beginnings—his early years of working in television, his first real love, his first play, his first brush with failure, and, most moving of all, his first great loss. Simon's same...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published December 13th 2011 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1999)
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Kyle Martin
Not as good as its predecessor, at least from my perspective. While still funny and insightful, I was a lot less interested in his wealthy exploits and cavortings than the humble beginnings that were covered in Rewrites. The Play Goes On finds Simon as a less sympathetic character. Rich and important, but ultimately sad and discouraged over his inability to capture his earlier successes. I found myself think it was no wonder he was having a hard time. He sounded depressed as he vainly searched f...more
In this second volume of Neil Simon's memoirs, I felt that somehow the narrative covered years that he himself remembered in less detail, at least as regards the work. His memory of the women who were his second and third wives, Marsha Mason and Diane Lander, seems sharp enough! This volume also seems more contemplative, and he has also given himself more rope to depart from the chronology of his story to tell an anecdote, say, about his mother. There are also at least one or two extended medita...more
The sequel was a bit more introspective than the first book, mainly because it seems the Simon was in a bad way when he wrote it (as we learn at the end).

Simon has some wonderful anecdotes of people he's known, the successes he's achieved and the tough times he faced. He's prone to severe panic attacks and depression, but has many very jubilant experiences as well. He seems to feel things very deeply, which is both a blessing and a cure.

I realized that Josh Wolk of Entertainment Weekly has the s...more
Jane Mcneil
Rewrites was better, and he sounded less self-important.
Neil Simon is one of if not the greatest American playwright. His gift for story-telling and comedic timing exist not only in his fictional work but in the story of his life.
It was a fun, quick read. I enjoyed 'Rewrites' more, but this helped me have a better picture of his entire life.
Angi Machos
I've never read (or even seen) this book! How did it get here??
Joe Faust
More whining from Simon, with less content than before.
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Marvin Neil Simon is an American playwright and screenwriter. He is 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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