Neil Simon wrote more than 30 major plays including "Laughter on the 23rd Floor," "Brighton Beach Memoirs," "The Gingerbread Lady," "Broadway Bound" and "The Star-Spangled Girl." Many of his most famous plays, including "Biloxi Blues" and "The Odd Couple," were made into movies. "The Odd Couple" was also made into an American TV show.
"Brighton Beach Memoirs," a semi-autobiographical play, debuted in 1983. The main character is Eugene Morris Jerome, a teenage boy who searches for identity as he tries to deal with his family. It is the first installment of the Eugene Trilogy.
"Biloxi Blues" is the second play in the Eugene Trilogy. The story revolves around the conflict of Sergeant Merwin J. Toomey and Arnold Epstein, men enlisted in the U.S. Army and stationed in Biloxi, Mississippi. The play was made into an American movie starring Matthew Broderick.
"Broadway Bound" is the third and final installment of the Eugene Trilogy. The story is about Eugene Jerome and his older brother, Stanley. The brothers discover that their father, Jack, has been cheating on their mother, Kate, and attempt to deal with their parents' relationship falling apart. At the same time, they are striving to become comedy writers for the radio and, eventually, television.
"The Odd Couple" premiered on Broadway in 1965. The main characters are Felix Ungar and Oscar Madison. Ungar is high-strung and fastidious, while Madison is easygoing and slovenly. The play went on to have several film and TV revivals.