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Larry David's First Time On Broadway: 'It's Not So Easy!'

Larry David wrote and stars in a new play that has broken the all-time record on Broadway for advance ticket sales — more than $14 million. Fish in the Dark is a comedy about a family's rivalries and dysfunction as its patriarch passes away. David tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies that the idea came to him when a friend's father died.



He has died at age 73. Wilson won the Pulitzer Prize for his play, "Talley's Folly." He wrote 17 full length plays and 30 one acts. Titles include "The Hot L Baltimore," "Burn This," "Fifth of July" and "Redwood Curtain," which had just come out when Terry spoke to Wilson in 1992. Wilson was one of the founders of The Circle Repertory Company in New York. He was nominated for Tony Awards for "Angels Fall," "Talley's Folly" and "Fifth of July." (REBROADCAST. ORIGINAL AIRDATE: 3/13/92)


Playwright Neil Simon

His plays and movies include Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, The Goodbye Girl, The Out-of-Towners, and The Sunshine Boys. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his play Lost in Yonkers. Rebroadcast from Oct. 17, 1996.


Writer Han Ong

Han Ong, a Filipino writer whose debut novel is Fixer Chao.Its about a Feng Shui con artist operating on New York's elite. Ong is the winner of a 1997 MacArthur award. He is also a playwright.


Actress and Playwright Anna Deveare Smith.

Actress and playwright Anna Deveare Smith. She’s best known for her one-woman plays based on hundreds of interviews she did with diverse people who experienced a crisis in their community. They include “Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992” about the Rodney King verdict, and “Fires in the Mirror” about the Crown Heights disturbances. Her most recent show “House Arrest” took her to Washington interview politicians and pundits, and it involves a community not in crisis. Deveare Smith has also written a new memoir, “Talk to Me: Listening Between the Lines” (Random House).


T.V. Week: Television Comedy Writer Larry Gelbart.

Comedy writer Larry Gelbart. In the 1950s he was part of a team of television writers that included Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Neil Simon, and others who wrote for Sid Caesar's "Your Show of Shows" and "Caesar's Hour." Gelbart went on to develop and write for the television version of "M*A*S*H. Also, he wrote the screenplays for "Oh, God!" and "Tootsie," and the stage play for "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" (which has recently been revived on Broadway). (REBROADCAST from 8/19/96)


From the Archives: Playwright Neil Simon Looks Back at His Career.

Playwright Neil Simon. He's about to receive the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival Writers Award in Aspen. This is the Festival's 5th annual event. SIMON's plays and movies include, "Barefoot in the Park," "The Odd Couple," "The Goodbye Girl," "The Out-of-Towners," and "The Sunshine Boys." He won a Pulitzer Prize for his play "Lost in Yonkers." Terry talked with him after his 1996 memoir, "Rewrites" was published. (REBROADCAST from 10/17/96).


From the Archives: Steve Martin: Comic, Actor, and Playwright.

Actor/comedian/screenwriter and playwright Steve Martin. He stars in "The Spanish Prisoner." He is also an author. He's written two books; "Picasso at The Lapin Agile and Other Plays" (Grove/Atlantic Press; just out in paperback), and a collection of short stories, "Cruel Shoes." His screenwriting credits include "L.A.

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