(P)2001 L.A. Theatre Works
"An energetic, pleasing performance." (AudioFile)
I really enjoyed listening to this performance. The characters are quirky and the performance factor with sound effects and awesome acting made this performance a step above.
Likeable characters are portrayed with humour and skill by the actors in this production.
I particularly liked the character of Cora Bratter's mother.
I always loved this movie and now I can take it with me everywhere! Neil Simon always makes me laugh out loud with his writing and the cast was perfect for this!
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (comedy) - I didn't see the movie, but I know it was a big hit for Neil Simon. It's the story of newlyweds (Paul and Cory, his dingy wife) who are faced with multiple shortcomings in their first apartment as well as visits from zany neighbors and the mother-in-law. Things get so crazy that they actually consider divorce after only six days of marriage!
PERFORMANCE - I suppose this is the recording of a live play, as it has multiple voices and live applause. Excellent portrayals of crazy characters in crazier situations.
OVERALL - Recommended for anyone looking for a short, light break between longer books. I don't think it's worth the normal price and definitely not worth a credit, but it's worth a shot if you can catch it on the Daily Deal like I did. No cursing or sex, though there are some mildly suggestive conversations.
Well performed, humorous play. Nice for those times when you want something to listen to in one sitting. They kept it in the original time period, making it fun to reminisce about things like getting to phone line installed. A funny scene.
Story is dated. Set in 60's, it seems even my and friends' early marriages in 80's was more informed and less child-like. The acting style too is that weird rapid-fire delivery that seems fake now. Did we really not notice how artificial it sounded or did we really talk like that?
Still it is a frothy lark and enjoyable if one looks at it as history.
Blind listener reading everything, especially sf&f & mystery/thrillers, restricted to audio so picky where credits are spent #BooksRule
What an awesomely funny and quirky work!!! I'd forgotten how much I loved Simon... The radio production style w/ the fx turned it into an incredibly entertaining couple of hours... It's short, so don't know if I'd pay full freight for a short work, but it was definitely worth the daily deal price...
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