Theater: Bawdy Rites of Passage Biloxi Blues

by Neil Simon

Like many an artist who can calculate by the calendar that his fertile middle years may be drawing to a close, Neil Simon has seemed in recent writing to seek a greater resonance between his plays and his most personal recollections, and to yearn for the respect that accrues to a creator who examines himself. His 21st Broadway play, which is still running, was Brighton Beach Memoirs, a depiction of life in Brooklyn in the 1930s in a lower-middle- class Jewish household much like his own. It won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award as best play, and was justly...

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