LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS by Neil Simon announced at Walnut Street Theater

LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS by Neil Simon announced at Walnut Street Theater

The Walnut Street Theater (WST) continues its 214th season with a romantic comedy in Neil Simon’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers. Written by the legendary Neil Simon (who made his Walnut debut with the premiere of “Come Blow Your Horn” in 1961), the production begins previews Jan. 10, opens Jan. 18, and runs through Jan. 5. February 2023 on the main stage of the Walnut. .

Neil Simon’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers will have you laughing from start to finish. Barney Cashman believes life is beyond him (maybe a midlife crisis?) so he sets out to put some excitement in his life. His mother’s apartment is empty one afternoon a week, so he decides seduction – with three unique comedic women – is the answer. His failed attempts lead to hilarious results as Barney discovers he may not be the last of the Red Hot Lovers. Neil Simon’s hit comedy is a romantic adventure guaranteed to laugh out loud.

Bringing the comedic beats to life and making her Walnut directorial debut is Jennifer Childs. Childs was seen in the Walnut’s Studio series in Pumpboys and Dinettes (Prudie), and is the producing artistic director of 1812 Productions, Philadelphia’s All-Comedy Theater Company.

Playing the role of romance snooping Barney Cashman is Walnut veteran Scott Greer. Audiences will recognize Greer from A Funny Thing Happened…Forum, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Buddy, of Mice and Men, and Brighton Beach Memoirs, among others. Grace Gonglewski returns to The Walnut as the crass bundle of neuroses Elaine Navazio. Gonglewski was last seen on the Walnut Stage as Margaret Lord in High Society. Her off-Broadway credits include The Guys, and she has been seen in regional theaters such as The Arden, Philadelphia Theater Company, Orlando Shakespeare Festival, and more. Jessica Bedford plays “crazy” young actress Bobbi Michele. Bedford’s WST credits include A Woman of No Importance, Meteor Shower, And Then There Were None and The Prescott Method. And to round out the comedy quartet, Susan Riley Stevens plays angsty housewife Jeanette Fisher. Stevens was most recently seen in Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit in Spring 2022.

Set designer Brian Froonjian (Beehive, Speckled Band, Always…Patsy Cline), who is also the technical director of Walnut, brings the iconic Manhattan of the 60s to life. The authentic fashion designer of the 60s is costume designer Leigh Paradise whose recent credits include This Is The Week That Is at 1812 Productions and Town at Theater Horizon. Wig designer Carissa Thorlakson (Cinderella and Rocky) gives us the iconic ’60s hairstyles. They’re joined by lighting designer Shon Causer (Blithe Spirit, A Woman of No Importance, A Comedy of Tenors) and sound designer Elizabeth Atkinson (The Importance of Being Earnest).

THE LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS by Neil Simon runs at The Walnut from January 10 to February 5, 2023. Open captioning will be available for the Sunday, January 29 performance at 7 p.m. The season’s media sponsors are 6ABC and Metro Philadelphia. For tickets and information, call 215-574-3550. Tickets are also available online 24/7 by visiting WalnutStreetTheatre.org or Ticketmaster.com.


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