"Generally I like a comedy about life," said Patrick Ryan, director of the upcoming Boise Little Theater production of Neil Simon's Chapter Two. The 1977 semi-autobiographical work focuses on four characters who struggle with finding love in new relationships. Simon, famous for The Odd Couple and Lost in Yonkers, also composed the screenplay for the 1979 theatrical version starring James Caan and Marsha Mason.
Ryan, director of last year's Plaza Suite and former BLT business manager, began acting at the theater in December 1972. He enjoys producing Neil Simon plays, he said, because they are easy for audiences to relate to.
"We really enjoy things more when they speak to our lives," he said.
Ryan hopes everyone can take away something personal from the performance. "Chapter Two says a lot about our search for love, relationships and happiness," he said.
Friday-Saturday, May 21-22, 8 p.m., $11adults, $9 seniors and students, Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., 208-342-5104. For additional dates and times, visit boiselittletheater.org.