It's always interesting when writers known chiefly for their comic prowess tamp down the bright notes for a while and let the minor chords of life's more sober experiences enter the melody. Such was the case with Neil Simon and his 1977 play, Chapter Two. The storyline involves a recently widowed writer, George Schneider, who's introduced to Jennie Malone, a divorced actress. Both carry heavy baggage. George is mourning, very painfully and in a protracted way, the death of his wife; Jennie is unsure whether she's truly ready to start dating again. As an aside many St. Louisans may already be aware of, Simon based Jennie's character on his then-wife, hometown girl Marsha Mason. Insight Theatre Company performs Simon's Tony-nominated Chapter Two at the Heagney Theatre at Nerinx Hall High School (530 East Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves; 314-556-1293 or www.insighttheatrecompany.com). Performances take place at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday (June 5 through 15). There is a special 3 p.m. performance on Sunday, June 9, that features a talk-back session with Marsha Mason, and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, June 16. Tickets are $15 to $30, and $75 to $125 for the Sunday, June 9, performance with Mason.
Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: June 5. Continues through June 16, 2013