Theater: Love in Bloom

CHAPTER TWO by Neil Simon

In recent years, the preproduction interview with a Broadway playwright has taken the place of the Shavian preface. Unlike the Shavian preface, it is rarely witty and seldom illuminating. Customarily, it sounds like last-minute plea bargaining from a man who feels that his pressagent has been negligent in plugging the upcoming show.

Neil Simon has established a precedent in this area by saying that his new play is autobiographical, that it is, in effect, about the trauma he experienced at the death of his first wife and the rage over...

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