It flopped as a play in 1967 (with Elliott Gould, Barbara Cook, David Steinberg, Heywood Hale Broun, and Ruth White), then went to London where it was chosen as the first American play by the Royal Shakespeare Company and received the award as Best Foreign Play. Two years later, Arkin
directed it successfully at New York's Circle In The Square with a cast that included Linda Lavin, Fred Willard, Vincent Gardenia, Jon Korkes and Elizabeth Wilson. At the time of the first production, it was looked upon as being surrealistic. Unfortunately, life has imitated art and, today, it is
painfully accurate in many ways. This was Arkin's first, and perhaps his best, attempt at...