There is a time in everyone’s life when you have to get serious, quit acting like a child and start acting like a grown-up. This would seem to be the message, if there is one, in Neil Simon’s autobiographical play COME BLOW YOUR HORN. Known later in Germany under three different titles (Leg doch endlich los, Die Aussreißer, Die beiden Draufgänger), the play became a smash hit on Broadway and ran for two years after opening in 1961. This light-hearted comedy concerns the growing pains of two brothers in New York and the parents and young women who keep coming in and out of their lives. Alan is a bachelor playboy, cruising through life with no commitments, no worries and plenty of girls. When his younger brother, Buddy, moves in with him, though, his world is turned upside-down. Their father, who wants his sons to take over the family business, is outraged by their lifestyle. The mother tries to make peace in the family, but a reconciliation is not in sight until Buddy’s irresponsible behavior reminds Alan of himself. To the delight of his parents, Alan realizes that it may be time for him to grow up, marry his girl friend Connie and settle down. But what about Buddy?
A slick, lively, funny comedy. N.Y. Times
It’s completely nuts and banging with laughs. N.Y. World—Telegram