(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.
This dated Neil Simon romantic comedy play felt a bit dated. Written in the early 60's, it feels a bit sexist, but I did enjoy it as a cute period piece. Good reading made it a fun listen. It made for a very pleasant 2 hour car ride. You get the traditional gender stereotypes clashing in the two newlyweds. If you can get by that, you might enjoy this light weight fun piece. I did.
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.
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