Women's rights, mass communications, the Pill, and other glitches in midcentury culture pushed us into a maelstrom of openness, curiosity, and experimentation: the Sexual Revolution. It was fresh, fun, and psychedelically shocking, a pinnacle of permissiveness that will never be entirely eroded.
The Last of the Red-Hot Lovers is not just Neil Simon's comedic tribute to those wild times -- the script marks a big step in his development as a playwright after an initial string of successful comedies, adding, as New York Times critic Clive Barnes wrote, "a dimension of humanity" to the story of middle-aged, happily married Barney Cashman, who decides to pursue an illicit fling and find out what all the fuss is about.
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