Neil Simon: Born July 4, 1927 in the Bronx. Still alive.
Eugene O’Neill: Born October 16, 1888 in New York City. Totally dead.
In the print edition of this invented interview with David Esbjornson, I confused the two. I wrote that the Rep scuttled a Eugene O’Neill premiere for an overproduced Noel Coward play.
Of course, the Rep couldn’t have produced a new O’Neill play (or it would be front-page news) because Eugene O’Neill has been dead for fifty goddamn years.
Neil, O’Neill. O’Neill, Neil. I regret my imbecility.