In case you've forgotten: Today Neil Simon gets the Mark Twain Prize, created to recognize "uniquely American" humor.
(And to provide an occasion for yet another high-ticket fundraising gala at the Kennedy Center, of course.)
The ceremony starts at 8, with Matthew Broderick, Lucie Arnaz, Jason Alexander, etc., and gets a PBS broadcast on Nov. 20. The author of Plaza Suite and Barefoot in the Park, as Peter Marks points out over here, is the first full-time playwright to win the Twain prize.
Tboy thinks it's nice that Simon's back in D.C., even if it's just for the weekend. There was a time--not long after Lloyd Rose (of blessed memory) opined that Lost In Yonkers was proof Simon didn't know how to write a play--that he avoided the city like a rash.