Neil Simon

Published by Samuel French Inc

5 Male 4 Female

This memory play delightfully recalls the last time the Hines family gathered at their retreat in the Poconos. That summer in 1953 was one of animated romantic entanglements that overlap on one idyllic afternoon

Burt Hines, a 55 year old recovering workaholic convalescing from a second heart attack, eagerly anticipates the arrival of the ex wife he still loves. His daughter Josie has just broken her engagement to an intense Harvard law student and pines for his buddy Ray, an aspiring writer with whom she once had a brief fling

Clemma, the black housekeeper at the center of the action, is dreading a visit from the husband who deserted her years before. He strolls in with one working eye, one working hand and a guilty conscience

A model with a strikingly dim intellect shows up on Ray's arm, and a young Miami gangster with a gift for malapropisms brings comic hilarity to the gathering

"New directions from the dazzlingly successful playwright who changed the very face of comedy on Broadway" ~ N.Y. Times

"As long as Neil Simon keeps turning out his glossy fantasies, loosely woven from mildly autobiographical inventions, such sadly endangered species as the Broadway comedy and the well made play will never give up the ghost.... Extremely entertaining.... A play of great warmth and charm. Simon plays his characters as if he were playing poker and winning and we sit back and enjoy" ~ N.Y. Post

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