Simon does get a few charming lines in — Sophia's favorite color is yellow, she says, because "it doesn't stick to your fingers as much" — and he occasionally touches on ideas with possible heft: Nikolai and Lenya excitedly plead for Leon to ask them "the question" ("What is the purpose of man's existence?") because it makes them "feel important." Some funny ironies also surface in the fates of the townspeople after the curse is lifted. But what Simon might have crafted as more incisive comedy merely grazes the surface.
That said, this cast and crew deserves props for making such a vivacious production of his script. I look forward to seeing the talents of these thespians at work in a future play, preferably one written with somewhat nobler intentions.
Megan Grumbling can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOOLS by Neil Simon | Directed by Celeste Green | Produced by Lyric Music Theater, in South Portland | through June 27 | 207.799.1421
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