Neil Si­mon com­edy to take stage at Kirby

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - ENTERTAINMENT -

The F.M. Kirby Cen­ter wel­comes back Philadel­phia’s Wal­nut Street Theatre Com­pany at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 for a per­for­mance of Neil Si­mon’s hit com­edy “Last of the Red Hot Lovers.”

Tick­ets are on sale now and avail­able through the Kirby box of­fice, on­line at www.kir­by­cen­ and by phone at 570-826-1100. Prices are $18, $28 and $38, plus fees.

In this freshly con­ceived pro­duc­tion of Si­mon’s clas­sic, true com­edy en­sues when a mod­ern man in the hip ’60s looks for some­thing new and dif­fer­ent, but ends up find­ing him­self in the same sit­u­a­tion again and again.

Bar­ney Cash­man is mid­dle-aged, mar­ried, over­worked and over­weight. It’s fi­nally his turn to join the sex­ual rev­o­lu­tion … be­fore it’s too late. With no ex­pe­ri­ence in covert ma­neu­vers, he ar­ranges three at­tempted trysts. And through all the mishaps and laugh­ter, Bar­ney be­gins to re­dis­cover his hu­man­ity and what he thought was miss­ing all along.

“Last of the Red Hot Lovers” had a lengthy run on Broad­way and was made into a hit film star­ring Alan Arkin and Sally Keller­man.

Wal­nut Street Theatre, founded in 1809, is the old­est con­tin­u­ously op­er­at­ing the­ater in the United States.

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