3/21/2017 11:15 AM
Comedies that concern religion often end up sacreligious. "God's Favorite" doesn't because Neil Simon is a pro who knows how far he can go and when to pull back. "God's Favorite" is a modern take on the Bible's Book of Job, with the Prodigal Son supplying the subplot. While I consider this the funniest show Simon has written except for "The Odd Couple," what gives the show its anchor is the devout character of Joe Benjamin, who keeps his faith and will not renounce God whatever happens. Joe, in fact, has none of the classic Simon punchlines; whatever laughs he gets are purely situational. Sidney Lipton, the messenger from God, gets all the punchlines. Whichever ones he doesn't get belong to the rest of Joe's family. I originally read the show when it was a Fireside Theatre selection in the 1970s and knew before the first act was over that I had to direct it. I'll soon be directing it for a second time; I've also played Joe. Your cast and audience will love this play.
8/1/2015 10:35 AM
Neal Simon's play, God's Favorite, is under appreciated. It is well written and very funny. It is a play about being loyal to ones self and to others. The characters are very believable and the audience feels for them deeply.
When I portrayed the role of David Benjamin, I knew it was a character I could relate to. I am hoping to direct this play in the Tehachapi Community Theatre's 48th season.
Thank you, Mr. Simon, for writing God's Favorite!