Nominated for Best Comedy
2010 / 2011 ATG "Curtain Call" Awards
Chapter Two is one of the Neil Simon's finest comedies and is widely perceived to be an autobiographical revelation of his own coming to terms with the death of his first wife, followed by his love affair and subsequent marriage to actress Marsha Mason. This very funny but poignant play is based around four brilliantly penned characters - George Schneider, a mourning writer; Jenny Malone, a level-headed actress; Leo, George's garrulous but loving brother; and Faye, Jenny's utterly clueless but enchanting friend.
George has not "moved-on" from the untimely demise of his wife despite Leo's best efforts to hook him up with other women. But he meets Jenny who's just walked out of a terrible marriage to a football player, and in a very short space of time they're in love, married and honeymooning Hawaii. But George's memories catch up with him and he soon finds himself trapped between the past and the present, and the new relationship starts to crumble. How does he reconcile his past and move forward with Jenny - a sentimental woman with a strong head on her shoulders? Do they give up or work things out?
Although it seems like a heavy subject to deal with, Simon's wonderful narrative and witty and humorous dialogue makes Chapter Two an immensely likeable piece. In George and Jenny, he shows us complexity and simplicity in human forms. In Leo and Faye, he presents us with two of the most confused yet adorable characters right out of a daily soap that we connect with right from the word go. All four make us think as much as they make us laugh.
Written By : Neil Simon
Directed by : Kym Clayton