How Neil Simon Helped Make Jews In America White
by David Marcus
August 30, 2018
…There are many tributes to Simon celebrating a myriad of his plays, but I’d like to focus on the three I think are most important — his three most autobiographical plays. “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” “Biloxi Blues,” and “Broadway Bound” are the stories of Jewish acceptance in America…It is “Broadway Bound” that most fully explores the fundamental way in which Jews came to be white, a process that always involves a two way street of assimilation and contribution. Arguably the biggest contribution made by Jews in America was in the field of entertainment, specifically comedy. READ MORE
ARIZONA JEWISH POST Prolific and uninhibited, Neil Simon got us right. That’s what geniuses do. He was the Michael Jordan of Broadway — with all quirks, critics, and limitations that come with. But his achievement was singular, and the way he re-shaped the game and the art form and business of theater — is total. We’ll not see his like again.