Fools: Nudniks

by Neil Simon

How many people ankle up to a bar and ask for a lemonade? Fools is a lemonade play. It has a homey flavor, and it is not altogether unrefreshing, but it lacks the comic belt to command Broadway's current tab of $25 a shot.

Neil Simon has set his latest play in a kind of Anatevka-cum-Brigadoon locale. The town is called Kulyenchikov, and its inhabitants are Russian villagers. In Brigadoon, time stood still except for a day; in Kulyenchikov, minds stand still every minute. The natives are under a "long...

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