Last of the Red Hot Lovers

Last of the Red Hot Lovers is a comedy by Neil Simon. It premiered on Broadway in 1969.

Last of the Red Hot Lovers
Written byNeil Simon
CharactersBarney Cashman
Elaine Navazio
Jeanette Fisher
Bobbi Michele
Date premieredDecember 28, 1969 (1969-12-28)
Place premieredEugene O'Neill Theatre
New York City
Original languageEnglish
SettingAn apartment in the East Thirties. December, August and September - late afternoon.


The play opened on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on December 28, 1969 and closed on September 4, 1971 after 706 performances and six previews.[1] Directed by Robert Moore, the original cast featured James Coco, Linda Lavin (as Elaine), Doris Roberts (as Jeannette), and Marcia Rodd (as Bobbi).[2] The scenic design was by Oliver Smith, the costumes by Donald Brooks, and the lighting by Peggy Clark.[3]

Later in the run, Dom DeLuise replaced Coco, Cathryn Damon and then Rita Moreno replaced Lavin, and Barbara Sharma replaced Rodd.

The play, Coco, Lavin, and Moore all were nominated for Tony Awards.[4]

Plot overviewEdit

Barney Cashman, a middle-aged, married nebbish wants to join the sexual revolution before it is too late. A gentle soul with no experience in adultery, he fails in each of three seductions:

  • Elaine Navazio, a sexpot who likes cigarettes, whiskey, and other women's husbands;
  • Bobbi Michele, an actress friend who he discovers is madder than a hatter; and
  • Jeannette Fisher, his wife's best friend, a staunch moralist.


Simon adapted his play for a 1972 film directed by Gene Saks. The cast featured Alan Arkin, Sally Kellerman (as Elaine), Paula Prentiss (as Bobbi), and Renée Taylor (as Jeanette).[5]

A Chinese adaptation, starring the husband-wife team of Xu Zheng and Tao Hong (who played all 3 seductresses), was so well received in China that the couple performed the play over 30 times in 2005 and 2006.[6]


Clive Barnes, in his review in The New York Times, wrote: "He is as witty as ever...but he is now controlling that special verbal razzle-dazzle that has at times seemed mechanically chill... There is the dimension of humanity to its humor so that you can love it as well as laugh at it."[2]


  1. ^ Last of the Red Hot Lovers Listing, accessed April 8, 2012
  2. ^ a b Barnes, Clive. "Stage: 'Red Hot Lovers': Comedy by Neil Simon Opens at the O'Neill", The New York Times, December 29, 1969, p. 37
  3. ^ Simon, Neil (1970). Last of the Red Hot Lovers. New York City: Samuel French, Inc. p. 3. ISBN 978-0573611438.
  4. ^ "Tony Awards, 1970 Listing", accessed April 8, 2012
  5. ^ Greenspun, Roger. "Last of the Red Hot Lovers (1972). Screen: 'Last of the Red Hot Lovers' at Music Hall" The New York Times, August 18, 1872
  6. ^ Ma Yingying (2006-01-11). 话剧《最后一个情圣》春节封箱演出. China Times (in Chinese). Retrieved 2015-04-23.

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