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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.
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What did you like best about The Neil Simon Collection? What did you like least?
I learned how lucky I am to be living in the "Media Age" of 2014 with so much good material at my fingertips. What was considered good stuff in the 1960s and 1970s when I was a kid now seems weak and barely interesting. There are a few of Neil Simon's plays I would listen to again, but I'd be in no hurry. Want good, old comedy? Try Moliere!
What about the narrators’s performance did you like?
LA TheaterWorks does a good job casting and directing these radio performances. I just wish the material was better.
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Any additional comments?
Audible could at least have listed the plays in the order they appear in the audiobook. There is no way I could jump around to find my remembered favorites. Helping readers navigate within books is something Audible is VERY POOR at and SHOULD IMPROVE, as I have commented several times already.
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Another title that does not download. An awful app, minimal technical support and customer service.
Neil Simons's plays are well known, a mixture of humour and heart-break. It's odd that LA Theatre Works allows the players' voices to be inaudible at times. Enjoy!