We all know and love Neil Simon's work, ranging from the early comedies like The Odd Couple and Barefoot in the Park, to his later autobiographical works like Brighton Beach Memoirs and Laughter on the 23rd Floor. But Simon has written so many wonderful plays that not all of them get the attention they deserve. One of those plays is The Star-Spangled Girl, a comedy about love and politics in the 1960s. When an all-American girl moves in next door to two friends working on a radical political magazine, politics and emotions collide at the center of an unlikely love triangle. Don't miss it when Northside Theatre Company performs The Star-Spangled Girl at Olinder Theatre.
Set in 1966, Andy and Norman are two earnest young men using their apartment as a publishing office for a “protest” magazine in San Francisco. Sophie, an Olympic swimmer and all-American girl, moves into another apartment on the same floor and her friendliness and charm leave Norman hopelessly smitten. Thereafter love, with him, is a determined madness, with the humor of it heightened by her frantic rejection of him. And while she is convinced that they are editing a dangerously subversive magazine, our heroine soon finds that her real source of annoyance is that the wrong man is pressing his attentions on her. Love and politics blend delightfully in a bubbling series of funny happenings, set forth with the masterly skill and inventiveness that are the hallmarks of Neil Simon.
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