Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

What characteristics distinguished Neil Simon’s early plays?

How did Simon become the most successful playwright in the history of the American theater?

How did the Brighton Beach trilogy enhance Simon’s reputation?

Why do critics consider Lost in Yonkers to be superior to Simon’s previous plays?

Simon has speculated that some day his plays might be compared to the comedies of William Shakespeare and George Bernard Shaw. How do you think they compare?

Compare Simon to other playwrights with whose works you are familiar.