The Closeness of the Horizon: Summer of '69 Friendship Drama at Odyssey Theatre
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Inspired by celebrated playwright Neil Simon's own life, Broadway Bound follows a pair of aspiring comedy writer brothers as their parents' marriage dissolves. Odyssey Theatre Ensemble's production is directed by Jason Alexander (Seinfeld), who created the role of "Stanley" in the original Broadway production. The final entry in Simon's beloved Eugene trilogy, after Brighton Beach Memoirs and Biloxi Blues, Broadway Bound won two Tony Awards during its initial run and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Eugene and his older brother, Stanley, deal with the revelation of their father's infidelity by adapting their lives into thinly veiled radio skits, a move that starts them on the road to success, but contributes to the tension in their already-crumbling family. In Broadway Bound, Simon captures all the laughter and heartbreak of family life. Learn More
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Well acted, terrific ensemble and solid story lines kept us engaged from the moment we sat down until the end. Skipping around the decades was not an interruption and quite entertaining having lived through these decades. Highly recommend.
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“Deftly directed by Darin Anthony … Hirsch is a glib practionerwhose characters seem completely organic and of the moment.” —Los Angeles Times
“Perhaps the Best New Work of the Year” —alittlenightmusing.com
[A] beautifully nuanced production … Engrossingly captures the emotions underlying midlife masculinity … Full of mature humor … The performances possess a sense of powerfully truthful detail.” —_LA Weekly _(Go!)
“Well-written and well-acted, Closeness is a masterful twist on the midlife crisis … definitely a play to see.” —_LA Splash _
“One of our finest Los Angeles playwrights, Richard Martin Hirsch is also one of the least easily pigeonholed, as each new work reveals an unexpected something up the writer’s sleeve. In The Closeness of the Horizon, Hirsch has taken real-life events, both those shared with his fellow Boomers and those of a more personal nature, and created a work of fiction that resonates with the ring of truth.” —StageSceneLA.com
It was the Summer of ‘69 and on the same day that Neil Armstrong walked on the Moon, three teenaged friends from LA’s west side set-out on a six-week tour to see the USA and to find high school and college gyms where they could drum up pick-up games of basketball. The shoes were strictly Converse or maybe Adidas…and the music on the VW bus’ radio was strictly Top 40. But the world would never be more open to possibilities.
Only now, some two and a half decades later, the world is different and events have transpired that have left one of the three overcome with a burning need to know why the relationship with his former best friend inexplicably faded over the years.
So begins a new and different sort of journey for Paul Lewin – incited by memories and music from his past – as he is forced to confront the very fragile nature of friendship…and reconcile what his world once was with the place it has now become.