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Although this is not quite as great as Volume 1 of the series, it is still excellent. The writing and the performances are riveting and moving. All three of the plays are excellent, with great characters and situations. One is funny, two are intense. Until recently I had avoided theater in Audible format but they have now become one of my favorite genre. BEWARE – this is TWO credits but is on sale for $7.77 – this is crazy pricing – don’t use credits!
This collection includes ten plays by Neil Simon. All of these had good, if not quite great, production values. There were a few flubbed lines and some of the audio titles are messed up, but the acting and audio quality are generally superb. I really enjoyed a few of these plays, but most I found entertaining yet they left me wanting. Virtually all of these plays seemed to me to be about eighty five percent of a truly great play. They have great characters, dialog, humor, wit, timing, but they we lacking the essential meaning that makes a great play far more than entertainment.
I liked Prisoner of Second Avenue and Barefoot in the Park the best as, in addition to wonderful acting and characters, below the humor and plot there were undercurrents concerning desire and need that brings these plays to near greatness, yet even these left me desiring just a little something more.
The Odd Couple did not move me, but was the most entertaining of the rest of the bunch. It was quite funny and delightfully played.
The coming of age plays including Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues, Broadway Bound, and Lost in Yonkers are all quite good with great characters, lots of laughs and
some poignancy, but were just good entertainment.
The Suite plays Plaza Suite and California Suite are a bunch of short scenes set in hotels. These were my least favorite plays in this collection as they didn't really take me anywhere.
Overall this is a good collection of plays that I am glad to have listened to, but this is not a collection I will listen to again and again.
This did not turn out to be my favorite of the LA Theater works compilations, but it was still very good. I have seen and was not a big fan of Six Degrees or Agnes of God and was not familiar with True West, but I got the recording anyway because I had liked the others LA Theatre works recordings so much. I found the performances in Six Degrees a little weak and campy, while the performances in Agnes and True West were great. I ended up really liking True West and being mildly interested in the other two plays. True West has interesting dynamic characters with humor and intensity. Really nicely written. In both Six Degrees and Agnes, I was never really convinced of the reality of the characters (this is due to the writing not the direction or performances) so those two plays don’t quite give me what I want out of theater. Nevertheless, like pizza and sex, just about any theater is better than no theater! I have become a (somewhat surprised) enthusiast of theater on Audible. I only wish there were more compilations (instead of the many single plays which are not worth a full credit).