Interesting development, wasn’t it? I feel bad for the actors. In terms of Broadway, I think Neil Simon revivals can’t be expected to generate a lot of heat. I’ve a feeling that a lot of his work has a limited shelf life (not regionally, of course, and certainly not with community theaters). Times change and tastes change. Also, without a big name star to ramp up tickets sales, it’s pretty hard for straight plays to succeed on Broadway (and Laurie Metcalf, with all due respect, doesn’t cut it). There’s always exceptions to the rule, of course, but generally speaking they need a big name to keep filling seats.
More than anything, though, I think Neil Simon’s work simply seems a little fusty to most people at this point in time.
You said you felt sorry for the actors. While leaving the movie theater where I saw Michael Jackson's This Is It, I kept thinking about all those dancers and singers who had the job of a lifetime, just about to open in London, and BAM! everything ended. What a tragedy for them and, of course, for Michael. I'm not ashamed to say I loved that man and watching the film was a very joyous and sad experience at the same time.