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The Collected Plays, Vol. 2

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And they can't take away the pleasure that Neil Simon's plays have given literally millions of theatergoers in the past quarter of a century. They and the critics agree that a trip to see any one of this master of comedy's stage triumphs ranks among the most wonderful experiences that the American theater offers. The eight plays in this, the second volume of The Collected ...more
Paperback, 752 pages
Published November 1st 1986 by Plume
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Ian Banks
Sep 30, 2016 Ian Banks rated it really liked it

Hilarious collection of plays. I've seen a lot less of Mr Simon's plays than I should have but what we get here is a range of his work mostly from the 1970s. What's interesting is that, although they are mostly common in theme, they tell a wide variety of stories in a blend of genres and settings. And, most interestingly, many of his plays only have a few characters, which narrows (though not hinders) his focus a lot to the benefit of the story and is probably great for thrifty producers.

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Greg Kerestan
Feb 03, 2016 Greg Kerestan rated it really liked it
Neil Simon is nothing if not diverse- this second collection of plays contains one genuine Simon classic, "The Sunshine Boys," the musical/sketch-comedy hybrid "Little Me," and then such oddities as dark Biblical-update comedy "God's Favorite," the Chekov-by-way-of-Monty-Python revue "The Good Doctor," and a series of dramedies such as "Chapter Two," "California Suite" and "The Gingerbread Lady." If you're a fan of the hits, look for Volume 1. If, like me, you enjoy Simon at his less mainstream ...more
Bruce
Oct 08, 2010 Bruce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Again, 3 1/2 stars overall.) Now, I've had volumes 1-3 of The Collected Plays of Neil Simon on my bookshelf for quite some time, and as their thin acidic leaves turn yellow and brittle, it finally dawned on me that I'd better take them down to determine once and for all whether they were there to flesh out my 'good intentions' pile of never-read doorstops, essentially staking out space solely for thespian street cred or if they actually merited their place as cherished read-reads for sharing wi ...more
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Jun 01, 2016 Heather rated it it was amazing
You can see one of his plays at the theater, but you 'hear' so much more when you read them. LOVE these plays.
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I really enjoyed "Chapter Two" and "The Sunshine Boys." Other than that, they were crap.
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A laugh a minute - plus heart. Wonderfully entertaining.
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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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