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Chapter Two [Audio CD]

Neil Simon , Sharon Gless , David Dukes

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May 1 2001
Chapter Two is based on the author’s second marriage, which began in the wake of his first wife’s death from cancer. Comedy and pathos intermingle in this incisive portrait of a widowed New York novelist who fears he will never love again until a grudging five-minute meeting with a recent divorcee blooms into a passionate romance.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: LA Theatre Works; Unabridged edition (May 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580812007
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580812009
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 1.4 x 0.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 177 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,949,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Here [is a] superbly cast Neil Simon production that offers the listener a true "theatre of the mind" experience what is as memorable as they are entertaining. -- Reviewer's Bookwatch, December 2000

The combination of Simon's writing, House's direction and Gless' acting was so witty, intelligent and convincing that it makes for compelling listening. -- The London Independent, February 1, 1998 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  4 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best Nov. 24 2012
By N. B. Clements - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you love Neil Simon, you must have this. Witty, razor sharp and heart felt with some of the best monologs I have every read.
3.0 out of 5 stars So-So Simon Aug. 29 2011
By Gary F. Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Very loosely based on Neil Simon's own relationship with actress Marsha Mason, CHAPTER TWO is a comedy-drama about middle-aged widower and writer George Schneider who hasn't recovered from his first wife's death when he meets and falls in love with middle-age divorcee Jennie Malone. Each one is supported by a friend, George by his brother Leo and Jennie by her friend and fellow actress Faye Medwick, and the action of this two act play rotates between George's apartment and Faye's apartment.

The first act consists largely of getting George and Jennie together. Leo sets George up on several blind dates, all of them dire; at length, however, he meets Jennie and thinks they would be a perfect match. George has no intention of pursuing the matter, but when he misreads a note from Leo he makes a telephone call to Jennie by mistake. Both are intrigued by the other and they agree on a whim to meet "for just five minutes." Needless to say, the five minutes turns into a serious romance and the two decide to marry.

The second act concerns George's meltdown immediately before and after the marriage. Jennie learns from Leo that George had a nervous breakdown after his first wife's death, and he may be even less recovered from her loss than any one has suspected. Leo urges Jennie not to rush into the marriage, but George has set a very early date, and the resulting honeymoon and its immediate aftermath prove disastrous, with a violent confrontation before George leaves Jennie. Fortunately for both, George realizes he really does love Jennie before he even leaves the airport, and the two are presumably reunited in marital bliss.

Simon was originally famous for such comedies as COME BLOW YOUR HORN and STAR SPANGLED GIRL; over time, however, he began to introduce dramatic notes in his work, and these often overshadowed the comic elements. Nothing wrong with that--if it works. CHAPTER TWO opened in 1977 and was a smash hit, running over 800 performances before going on to become a fairly successful film in 1979. But from a contemporary point of view, George, Jennie, and their issues feel a lot more like day-time soap opera than they do a major stage play. Indeed, the main interest in the play is in the subplot, which finds Leo and Faye trying to have an affair and failing in miserably comic fashion. Like most Simon plays, CHAPTER TWO has been very popular with regional and university and community theatre--but it has never received a Broadway revival and given the ho-hum nature of the main characters and the now-it's-funny, now-it-isn't nature of the plot, I rather doubt it ever will. Well crafted, but this is so-so Simon.

GFT, Amazon Reviewer
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of the best from LA Theater (mild spoilers inside) Feb. 20 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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The love story of man who has not recovered yet from the death of his most beloved wife and a woman just recovering from a failed marriage. The first part of the play is fairly amusing and the witticisms of the main male character's brother provide funny intermissions throughout the play. However, I found the second part not very well thought out, and overall I found this to be a fairly forgettable play. Acting is good, even if LA Theater has done much better things, I believe. But the way the two lovers suddenly change after marriage is not credible at all. It all seemed concocted to lead to a love-hate-love again structure that could have made sense in this play, but not in such a rush format. But then, maybe I don't like Neil Simon's plays much.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This play touched me in a very special way. Sept. 26 1998
By "slev43" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This play is a very special play to me. I did a monologue of Jenny's for a class project and it really made me feel something. This is the first and only Neil Simon play that I've read and I can't wait to read more of his works. This is an emotional play that speaks from the heart and makes you realize that life is worth living. For anyone who is a big Neil Simon fan, read this book and I guarantee you will enjoy it.

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