By: Neil Simon, regia Mircea Cornişteanu
Duration: 115 min with intermission
Set Design: Viorel Penişoară-Stegaru
Music: Mircea Cornişteanu
Scenic Version: Mircea Cornişteanu
Genre of the show: comedy
Translation: Petre Bokor
Technical direction: Mircea Vărzaru
Originally titled Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Neil Simon's play was adapted into a screenplay in 1972. Barney Daycash, a middle-aged "fishery" restaurant patron, he decides, for the first time in his life, to cheat on his wife to spice up his monotonous existence. Three adventures, none of them completed, are the subject of this piece, written in 1969 by Neil Simon.
Neil Simon (born July 4, 1927, New York), renowned American playwright and screenwriter, has achieved a worldwide reputation for plays and scripts performed around the world. He wrote comedies from his youth, first performed on Broadway stages. His hits include Memories of Brighton Beach, Biloxi Blues, The Odd Couple, Barefoot in the Park. Neil Simon won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the play Lost In Yonkers. Several of his plays were made into feature films. He also wrote librettos for musicals, Sweet Charity being a worldwide hit, as well as Adio, but I'm staying with you. His first play produced on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theater was "Come Blow Your Horn," which was performed 678 times. Six weeks after the curtain fell, a second Neil Simon creation followed, the musical Little Me. Although it did not attract a large audience, it earned Simon his first Tony Award. Neil Simon has earned seventeen Tony Award nominations and won three times during his long and prolific career. In 1991, he was also awarded the Pulitzer Prize for theater with the play "Lost in Yonkers". In 1966 Broadway theaters played at the same time no less than four Neil Simon creations: the musical "Sweet Charity" and the comedies "The Star-Spangled Girl", "The Odd Couple" and "Barefoot in the Park" (Barefoot in the Park). Neil Simon has also written screenplays for over twenty films. These include adaptations of his plays, but also original scripts such as "The Out-of-Towners", "Murder by Death" and "Goodbye, but I'm staying with you!" (Goodbye Girl). His screenplays have garnered four Academy Award nominations. In 1983, Neil Simon became the only playwright alive to have a theater named after him in New York. It's the former Alvin Theater on Broadway, now called the Neil Simon Theatre.