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Neil Simon: Reliving A Poignant Past

A tight-jawed housewife, nearing 50 and careworn, is asked by her son to tell once more of the time in her girlhood when she danced a fox-trot with George Raft...

A Letter from the Publisher: Dec. 15, 1986

When Neil Simon's 23rd play, Broadway Bound, opened in New York City last week, TIME Theater Critic William A. Henry III judged it the best American play of the...

Stage Fight

At least Lou Grant was the kind of grumpy boss a gal could love. In playwright Neil Simon, MARY TYLER MOORE seems to have a harsher critic. After receiving a...

Theater: The Dinner Party

"Do you know what I never said to you during our divorce?" "That you'll take less money?" The couples-therapy repartee in this Broadway comedy harks back to the...

Eulogy: WALTER MATTHAU

WALTER MATTHAU, who died of a heart attack last week at 79, made moviegoers laugh at their own venality--make that humanity. A deft character actor with star...

Punch Lines, But Little Punch

When Neil Simon and other such budding comedy legends as Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner and Larry Gelbart wrote for TV comic Sid Caesar in his 1950s heyday, they rarely...

THEATER: Gag Orders

When Neil Simon was fresh from his days as a TV writer, he thought comedy was one-liners. As he matured, Simon learned that the most enjoyable laughs come from...

Laughter on The Brink of Tears

In the pivotal scene of Neil Simon's wonderful Lost in Yonkers, which opened on Broadway last week, a mildly retarded 35-year-old woman sits her family down to...

Lost In Ambition

TITLE: NEIL SIMON'S LOST IN YONKERS DIRECTOR: MARTHA COOLIDGE WRITER: NEIL SIMON THE BOTTOM LINE: An airless adaptation of a hit play overexposes its flaws. One...

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