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Biloxi Blues Essay | Critical Essay #3

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Critical Essay #3

This review by Leo Sauvage describes Simon's Biloxi Blues as a 'well-made' piece full of laughter, if not originality, while exploring the institutions of love and the military.

Almost all of the flags on the Great White Way have gone up to salute Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues as the first "comedy hit" of the current season. The latest installment of the famous playwright's so-called autobiographical series is precisely that - largely, alas, because the current season has been extremely poor.

The play, a droll recounting of Simon's basic training at an Army camp in Mississippi, is certainly well-made. It has funny lines and situations - some genuinely witty, some designed to win automatic laughter of a rather low sort - and a story whose unequal episodes are fashioned into a whole without excessively visible stitches. The problem is that only rarely does the work achieve dramatic originality. Even...

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