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Seniors and caretaking Boomers recognize the real pain informing the facile catchphrase “Growing old is not for sissies” – a quality sharing the stage with copious laughs in Broward Stage Door’s production of Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys.
Broward Stage Door’s Broadway Bound may not land perfectly all the time, but these theater pros deliver a no-excuses-needed effort that works often and effectively and ultimately satisfies.
Broward Stage Door’s earnest intriguing revival of Promises, Promises embraces its up-to-the-moment pop score for 1968, a witty and insightful script, frenetic choreography that caught the zeitgeist of the time, and some deceptively subtle performances to become a wildly-popular hit just as the social fabric of the country was in transition.
Mad Cat Theatre’s daffy deconstruction of a 1966 Neil Simon The Star Spangled Girl elicited plenty of laughs, but the schizophrenic clashing of styles didn’t land as strongly as anyone hoped
It’s hard to do Neil Simon well. The Plaza Theatre in Manalapan does not fall into that trap. They do Neil Simon very, very well. Earlier this year the Plaza produced a fine Chapter Two, and now they’ve raised the Simon bar with their current show, Brighton Beach Memoirs.
Acknowledge that Broward Stage Door’s revival of Neil Simon’s thirty-year-old warhorse Brighton Beach Memories is uneven and stumbles. Then acknowledge, at least this critic will, that Stage Door’s edition frequently reaches into that moldy storehouse of decades-old memories of family relationships — and makes the throat close up, the eyes mist and starts a sudden epidemic of sniffling around the auditorium.
Director Michael Leeds and a solid cast at the Plaza Theatre in Manalapan have mastered Neil Simon’s challenging meld of witty comedy and throat-choking heartache, and make both perfectly plausible facets of life in Chapter Two.
Broward Stage Door’s production proves Rumors may be one of the funniest Neil Simon plays you’ve never heard of. But it also underscores what your mother warned you: an unrelieved diet of the most delicious candy will eventually lose its punch.