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Michael Penn
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Posted: 26 August 2018 at 10:36am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Neil Simon has died.
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Matt Reed
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What an amazing life.  Very few playwrights have created the breadth and depth of his work.  His characters always felt real, like people you'd meet on the street or bump into at the grocery store.  They weren't perfect.  They had their issues.  But they weren't stereotypes or caricatures and their humor often came from their pain.  His gift for wordplay and situational comedy was his signature, but it was in the quiet moments that his characters revealed themselves.  We'll probably never see his like again.  
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Eric Sofer
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"It took me three hours to figure out that FU stood for Felix Unger."

It seems that such genius only comes along once. We have lost one of the greats... thank goodness that he left us some material to remind us how good he was.
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Rebecca Jansen
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I guess I liked Brighton Beach Memoirs and Biloxi Blues best.

r.i.p.
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Ted Downum
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Posted: 27 August 2018 at 7:28am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

I've always loved his stuff. Rest in peace.
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Marc Baptiste
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Posted: 27 August 2018 at 12:57pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

I invite anyone who hasn't seen it to watch Neil Simon's MURDER BY DEATH (available on DVD) in honor of his life - a comic masterpiece!

I mourn his passing.

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Eric Smearman
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I was a theatre kid. I acted in a couple Simon plays. I used to laugh out
loud reading the scripts!
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James Best
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I will echo Marc's statement about MURDER BY DEATH... A great spoof of classic fictional detectives and a terrific cast :-)

I didn't see many of Simon's plays or the movie adaptations that were made of them. But the ones I did have stuck with me, which is the mark of a good playwright. 

Rest in peace, sir.  You will be missed. 

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Marc Baptiste
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Speaking of Neil Simon's MURDER BY DEATH - I was watching it just the other day and although I have seen it DOZENS of times, I finally found a joke that has eluded me all this time:

22 Twain's House... CHOO CHOO TRAIN!

HA!

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