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.
Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: Nov. 9. Continues through Jan. 13, 2012