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Neil Simon comedy ‘Last of the Red Hot Lovers’ will be performed at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Feb. 17

Neil Simon comedy ‘Last of the Red Hot Lovers’ will be performed at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Feb. 17
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From a press release:

The F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre will welcome back Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre Company on Friday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. for a performance of Neil Simon’s hit comedy “Last of the Red Hot Lovers.”

Tickets, which are $18, $28, and $38, plus fees, are on sale now and available through the Kirby Center box office (71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre), online at, and by phone at 570-826-1100.

In this freshly conceived production of Neil Simon’s classic, “Last of the Red Hot Lovers,” 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… 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. His targets: a bawdy bundle of fun who likes smooth whiskey and other women’s husbands, a young actress too kooky for words, and a neurotic housewife who happens to be married to his best friend. 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.

Founded in 1809, Walnut Street Theatre is the oldest continuously operating theatre in the United States. For more than 200 years, this venerable institution has stood the test of time to become a staple of Philadelphia’s – and for that matter, America’s – cultural community. Over the past two centuries, the Walnut’s landmark theatre has been graced by some of America’s most legendary performers, including Ethel Barrymore, Marlon Brando, Sidney Poitier, Helen Hayes, and Kathryn Hepburn. Its grand stage has housed a remarkably wide range of entertainment and national events, including circus, opera, vaudeville, lectures, music, dance, motion pictures, live theatre, and even the first televised presidential debate between Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter.

Photos of Karen Peakes and Fran Prisco by Mark Garvin