Rumors, A Farce

Spring 2009

Rumors, A Farce, is a zany adult comedy and was first produced in 1988 at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, California, and later that year at Broadway’s Broadhurst Theatre in New York City. Since then, the play has been staged by numerous high schools and colleges across the country. Featuring a delightful group of everyday characters in bizarre circumstances, the play is full of the usual farcical traits of slamming doors, crazy one-liners and transparent cover-ups.

Neil Simon won Emmy nominations for his comedy writing work on the Sid Caesar Show and Phil Silvers Show in the days of early television, and then wrote his first play, Come Blow Your Horn, in 1961. This was followed in 1964 by the legendary Barefoot in the Park, earning him a Tony nomination and launching his career as a major American playwright. He then went on to write a long list of hit plays that have made his name almost a household word including: The Odd Couple, Sweet Charity, The Star Spangled Girl, Plaza Suite, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, The Sunshine Boys, California Suite, Chapter Two and many others. Neil Simon's play The Odd Couple has been adapted for two television series, The Odd Couple in 1970, and The Oddball Couple: Together Again (also known as The Odd Couple: One More Time) in 1993 and was made into a feature film in 1968.

In the 1966-67 season Neil Simon had four plays running simultaneously on Broadway. In the 1980s Simon produced his legendary autobiographical trilogy -- Brighton Beach Memoirs (1983), Biloxi Blues (1985), and Broadway Bound (1986). Then in 1991, his play Lost in Yonkers won him a Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

As eleven of his plays were adapted into feature films, Simon's genius reached even wider audiences. He has had more plays adapted to film than any other American playwright receiving Oscar nominations himself for The Odd Couple (1968), The Sunshine Boys (1975) and California Suite (1978). He has written a dozen original screenplays including: The Heartbreak Kid, Murder by Death, The Goodbye Girl and Only When I Laugh.

Neil Simon’s awards include four Tony’s, two Emmys, a Screen Writers Guild Award and a Pulitzer Prize. Time magazine said, “If Broadway ever erects a monument to the patron saint of laughter, Neil Simon would have to be it.”