Bruce Dern did a film about it ("Middle Age Crazy") and the U.S. President seems to be experiencing it. It's that mid-life crisis which drives all-too normal men to change their lifestyles, wardrobes -- and bed partners. Neil Simon got there first, though, with 1969's The Last of the Red Hot Lovers.
That hit comedy now gets a revival from Long Island's Broadhollow Theatre, directed by executive artistic director Patricia Zaback.
Red Hot Lovers tells of Barney who, worried that life is passing him by, sets up a series of seductions. Alas, they invariably go awry. Simon's 1969 comedy was penned just at the time the sexual revolution was moving from college campuses into middle-class living rooms.
Other Simon plays include Rumors, Biloxi Blues, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Lost In Yonkers and Come Blow Your Horn.
Broadhollow, which has three different stages at its disposal, is also currently offering another comedy: Ann Meara's After-Play running at the Broadhollow Theatre, Dec. 19 - Jan. 17, 1999. Meara's playwriting debut, After-Play won an Outer Critics' Circle Award for its funny/dark, slightly mystical look at two show-biz couples meeting at a trendy Manhattan restaurant after viewing the latest must see play on Broadway. As they reflect on how they've lived their lives, we realize they're not dining in an ordinary restaurant...
David Dubin, associate artistic director of Broadhollow, directs. His recent credits at the venue have included: Chicago, The Rainmaker, Twilight Of The Golds, and Wrong Turn At Lungfish.
For tickets or more information on Neil Simon's Last of the Red Hot Lovers and/or Anne Meara's After Play running at the Broadhollow Theatre at the Bayway Arts Center in East Islip, call (516) 581-2700.
-- By David Lefkowitz and Sean McGrath