|Written by Neil Simon|
Playwright Neil Simon
|Original language English|
First performance 1969
Place premiered Eugene O'Neill Theatre
|Characters Barney Cashman
Date premiered December 28, 1969 (1969-12-28)
Setting An apartment in the East Thirties. December, August and September - late afternoon.
Adaptations Last of the Red Hot Lovers (1972)
Similar Neil Simon plays, Comedies
Last of the red hot lovers act i scenes
Last of the Red Hot Lovers is a comedy by Neil Simon. It premiered on Broadway in 1969.
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- Plot overview
M d productions last of the red hot lovers feb 19 mar 1
The play opened on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on December 28, 1969 and closed on September 4, 1971 after 706 performances and six previews. Directed by Robert Moore, the original cast featured James Coco, Linda Lavin (as Elaine), Doris Roberts (as Jeannette), and Marcia Rodd (as Bobbi). The scenic design was by Oliver Smith, the costumes by Donald Brooks, and the lighting by Peggy Clark.
Later in the run, Dom DeLuise replaced Coco and Cathryn Damon and then Rita Moreno replaced Lavin.
The play, Coco, Lavin, and Moore all were nominated for Tony Awards.
Barney Cashman, a middle-aged, married nebbish wants to join the sexual revolution before it is too late. A gentle soul with no experience in adultery, he fails in each of three seductions:
Simon adapted his play for a 1972 film directed by Gene Saks. The cast featured Alan Arkin, Sally Kellerman (as Elaine), Paula Prentiss (as Bobbi), and Renée Taylor (as Jeanette).
A Chinese adaptation, starring the husband-wife team of Xu Zheng and Tao Hong (who played all 3 seductresses), was so well received in China that the couple performed the play over 30 times in 2005 and 2006.
Clive Barnes, in his review in The New York Times, wrote: "He is as witty as ever...but he is now controlling that special verbal razzle-dazzle that has at times seemed mechanically chill... There is the dimension of humanity to its humor so that you can love it as well as laugh at it."