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Neil Simon
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45 Seconds from Broadway

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Characters: 6 male, 6 female

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From America's master of Contemporary Broadway Comedy, here is another revealing comedy behind the scenes in the entertainment world, this time near the heart of the theatre district. 45 Seconds from Broadway takes place in the legendary "Polish Tea Room" on New York's 47th Street. Here Broadway theatre personalities washed-up

Published (first published January 12th 2011)
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Chris Clancy
Nov 13, 2014 Chris Clancy rated it really liked it
Hilariously true to the absurdity of the human predicament! Had me thinking of Edward Albee. Only through Autumn, but should be able to finish off Winter & Spring before tomorrow's Tokyo matinee. Curious as to how well the cast can pull it off in Japanese.
Mar 03, 2015 Caitlin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Try as I might, I just couldn't get into this one. It's telling that I started the play in the height of the "Save Cafe Edison" frenzy, and didn't manage to finish it until the poor cafe was gutted and gone.

I could appreciate the ode to the Edison, as the play's chilling prophesies about its fate- but not much more than that.
Aug 17, 2015 Jenn rated it really liked it
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I think this play in particular is much better seen than read. It's hard to get a feel for the Polish Tea Room and the characters that inhabit it just by reading. This play doesn't have much of a plot, but with the right actors, it's perfectly charming.
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Mar 21, 2013 Fauzia Lakh rated it it was amazing
Loved it! But I haven't met a Neil Simon play I didn't love yet.
Dave Cotton
Mar 25, 2013 Dave Cotton rated it liked it
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Not one of Simon's better plays, but still fun!
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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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“But you'll see producers and theatre owners with a billion dollars worth of theaters come in here for lunch and you know why? Because it's cheap. You see those pictures on the wall? All young actors and actresses who you will never hear about in your life... And when 'dis place is gone, the entire Broadway will slide into the East River.” 0 likes
“Oh, well this month we're sold out. Completely. You could go all over town, you won't find a ticket to the show... Unless you go to the box office. He's got racks of seats.” 0 likes
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