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God's Favorite

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  188 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Successful Long Island businessman Joe Benjamin is a modern-day 'Job' with a demanding wife, ungrateful children, and wise-cracking household employees. Just when it seems things couldn't get any worse, he is visited by Sidney Lipton, a.k.a. A Messenger from God (and compulsive film buff) with a mission: test Joe's faith and report back to "the Boss." The jokes and Tests o ...more
Paperback, 108 pages
Published February 16th 2015 by Samuel French, Inc. (first published 1975)
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Edward Cheer
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
I've never been the biggest fan of Neil Simon. He exists. He writes stuff. It's usually pretty funny. But "pretty funny" never cuts it for me. Which is honestly better? The really good quip, or the thought-provoking statement that sticks with you for years?

Anyways, let's talk about God's Favorite. I picked this one up hearing that it was loosely based around the story of Job from the Bible. Hey, Wikipedia? Yeah, you got that wrong. It's the same damn thing. It's just a modernization
Feb 01, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: plays, theatre
I was not familiar with this Neil Simon play, and I thought I knew most of them. As I began, I wondered even more as to why it has stayed so unfamilair. The set-up was well established, the lines humorous, in typical Simon fashion, and the characters quite real (despite some quirkiness).

But then the plot developed. And let's face it ... the story of Job is not funny. No matter what lines Simon put into his character's mouths, watching a man suffer from a multitude of physical ailment
Jun 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I read this Neil Simon play a long time ago, and it cracked me up. It's a modern-day story of Job, and it's filled with heartache galore, yet it's also got the typical Simon wit and humor that make it delightful. I've never seen it performed, but I certainly enjoyed reading it. Most people don't enjoy reading plays, but I always have. The writing is spare, and I'm allowed to envision things my way and move quickly. I love thick, meaty, incredibly-detailed Dickens novels, but I also love sparse, ...more
Apr 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Although there are many jokes, God's Favorite has a clunky script and attempts to delight but brutally punishing our main character a la The Book of Job.
Apr 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Have you ever wondered why bad things happen to you? Did it ever cross your mind that God and the devil made a bet about your faith? The worse your situation gets, the More God is showing you that your his favorite! This play is based on the book of Job. After Joe watches his factory burn down, then his house, and has difficulties with his son, we meet God's messenger. Sidney. Joe begins to experience every ailment imaginable, and all he has to do to make it stop, is renounce God. Sidney reappea ...more
Sep 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012, plays
Basic plot: the Book of Job, 1970's style.

This play did not do anything for me. The jokes, such as they are, didn't seem funny to me. Not being a follower of Judaism or Christianity makes these religious stories fall flat with me. There is nothing here that transcends individual religions. It just makes me wonder about people who would follow a deity who beats up on them just to see if they'll take it.

Side note: I grew up hearing that Neil Simon was essentially "the man"
Jessica López-Barkl
Aug 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
I liked this play a lot. It was written in the 1970s and has the structure of the Book of Job. This play is being produced at the Little Theater of Walla Walla this season, and I read it because I've never read it. I thought about auditioning, but...I was working...and I don't think I would be good in any of the parts. Anyway, it is a great comedy and I think it would be an amazing set design project for you want an oldy, but a goody, take a look. It's not dated.
I last read this play by Neil Simon when I was in high school eighteen years ago. I remembered it being very funny and decided to re-read it to fulfill a challenge to read a book published in 1975.

This play is Neil Simon's version of the book of Job in the bible. It was an amusing story and makes me want to read more plays by Simon.
Aug 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
I laughed out loud while reading this play. Neil Simon is soooo funny and clever. He missed some opportunities to go deeper with the Job parallels, but clearly that was not his purpose in writing. His purpose was to be hilarious, and he achieved that purpose! I definitely want to read more Neil Simon now.
Oct 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: plays
Fun to revisit neil Simon after many years. His voice is still entertaining. Reminded me of days gone by.
Feb 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Falling in love with Sidney Lipton. Finally have the lines somewhat in my head! Now, to run them with my love Kristin!
Lee Ann
May 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
this may be cheating...i read the play. still, i did read it and i loved it!
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite Neil Simon plays, probably because it was one of the first I ever saw. Mostly I love the interchange between Joe and Sidney.
May 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Another Neil Simon classic.
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