The Play Goes On (2020)

The Play Goes On In his critically acclaimed Rewrites Neil Simon talked about his beginnings his early years of working in television his first real love his first play his first brush with failure and most movi
  • Title: The Play Goes On
  • Author: Neil Simon
  • ISBN: 9780684869803
  • Page: 270
  • Format: Paperback
  • In his critically acclaimed Rewrites, Neil Simon talked about his beginnings his early years of working in television, his first real love, his first play, his first brush with failure, and, most moving of all, his first great loss Simon s same willingness to open his heart to the reader permeates The Play Goes On This second act takes the reader from the mid 1970s tIn his critically acclaimed Rewrites, Neil Simon talked about his beginnings his early years of working in television, his first real love, his first play, his first brush with failure, and, most moving of all, his first great loss Simon s same willingness to open his heart to the reader permeates The Play Goes On This second act takes the reader from the mid 1970s to the present, a period in which Simon wrote some of his most popular and critically acclaimed plays, including the Brighton Beach trilogy and Lost in Yonkers, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize Simon experienced enormous professional success during this time, but in his personal life he struggled to find that same sense of happiness and satisfaction After the death of his first wife, he and his two young daughters left New York for Hollywood There he remarried, and when that foundered he remarried again Told with his characteristic humor and unflinching sense of irony, The Play Goes On is rich with stories of how Simon s art came to imitate his life Simon s forty plus plays make up a body of work that is a long running memoir in its own right, yet here, in a deeper and personal book than his first volume, Simon offers a revealing look at an artist in crisis but still able and willing to laugh at himself.
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    1. Simon begins his hauntingly sad yet often quite funny second memoir following his 1996 Rewrites in 1973, on the day after the burial of his first wife, who died of cancer Things look bad at first, as the massively successful American playwright he s won the Pulitzer Prize and three Tony awards, and written 40 plays and almost as many original and adapted screenplays can t even get out of bed It thus comes as a great relief, if also something of a surprise, when Simon meets and marries actress Ma [...]

    2. Francamente dalla penna che ha scritto alcune delle pi esilaranti commedie di Broadway, basti citare A piedi nudi nel parco e La strana coppia , mi aspettavo una lettura pi interessante e, soprattutto, divertente Confesso invece che all ennesima dettagliata descrizione del travaglio legato alla creazione di un copione teatrale, ho cominciato ad annoiarmi Non mancano aneddoti gustosi, anche se spesso si riferiscono a nomi poco noti al di fuori del mondo dello spettacolo statunitense, ma se l Auto [...]

    3. In this second volume of Neil Simon s memoirs, I felt that somehow the narrative covered years that he himself remembered in less detail, at least as regards the work His memory of the women who were his second and third wives, Marsha Mason and Diane Lander, seems sharp enough This volume also seems contemplative, and he has also given himself rope to depart from the chronology of his story to tell an anecdote, say, about his mother There are also at least one or two extended meditations on th [...]

    4. Not as good as its predecessor, at least from my perspective While still funny and insightful, I was a lot less interested in his wealthy exploits and cavortings than the humble beginnings that were covered in Rewrites The Play Goes On finds Simon as a less sympathetic character Rich and important, but ultimately sad and discouraged over his inability to capture his earlier successes I found myself think it was no wonder he was having a hard time He sounded depressed as he vainly searched for th [...]

    5. I ve put this book aside several times, and now I m just going to stop reading it I loved his first memoir so much, but this one just does not catch me It was written after the death of his first wife and the tone is a sad one Maybe if I stayed with it, his rich humor would reassert itself In the first memoir, I found myself giggling often This one, so far, feels like he s just going through the motions I ve given it a good try Perhaps someone else would feel differently, especially if they pers [...]

    6. The sequel was a bit introspective than the first book, mainly because it seems the Simon was in a bad way when he wrote it as we learn at the end.Simon has some wonderful anecdotes of people he s known, the successes he s achieved and the tough times he faced He s prone to severe panic attacks and depression, but has many very jubilant experiences as well He seems to feel things very deeply, which is both a blessing and a cure.I realized that Josh Wolk of Entertainment Weekly has the same sort [...]

    7. Neil Simon is one of if not the greatest American playwright His gift for story telling and comedic timing exist not only in his fictional work but in the story of his life.

    8. It was a fun, quick read I enjoyed Rewrites , but this helped me have a better picture of his entire life.

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