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God's Favorite - Full Length Play, Comedy

God's Favorite

Neil Simon

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Full Length Play, Comedy

5m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573609725

"Awesomely funny...The work of a man of vision. It'll make you laugh out loud." - New York Daily News

"His jokes have a kind of hilarious deadpan ecstasy and, even better, are taken from life." - The New York Times

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Full Length Play

Comedy

Successful Long Island businessman Joe Benjamin is a modern-day 'Job' with a demanding wife, ungrateful children and wise-cracking household employees. Just when it seems things couldn't get any worse, he is visited by Sidney Lipton, a.k.a. A Messenger from God (and compulsive film buff) with a mission: test Joe's faith and report back to "the Boss". The jokes and Tests of Faith fly fast and furious as Neil Simon spins a contemporary morality tale like no other in this hilarious comedy.
"Awesomely funny...The work of a man of vision. It'll make you laugh out loud." - New York Daily News

"His jokes have a kind of hilarious deadpan ecstasy and, even better, are taken from life." - The New York Times

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5m, 3f

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Neil Simon

Neil Simon

American playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon is widely regarded as one of the most successful, prolific and performed playwrights in the world. In addition toLost In Yonkers, which won a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize, his plays and musicals include Come Blow Your Horn, Little Me, Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, Sweet Charity, The Star-Spangled Girl, Plaza Suite, Promises, Promises, Last ... view full profile

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Richard Thompson 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.
Kenneth Chugg 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!

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