Brighton Beach Memoirs

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Part one of Neil Simon’s autobiographical trilogy: a portrait of the writer as a young teen in 1937 living with his family in a crowded, lower middle-class Brooklyn neighborhood. Eugene Jerome, Simon’s alter ego, is the narrator and central character of the plot, dreaming of baseball and girls, and coping with the family’s daily struggles along with his formidable mother, overworked father, and his worldly older brother Stanley. Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche and her two young (but rapidly aging) daughters and you have a recipe for heartwarming hilarity, served up Simon-style. As the clouds of war gather over Europe, this bittersweet memoir evocatively captures the story of a loving Jewish household where, as his father states “if you didn’t have a problem, you wouldn’t be living here.” Definitely one of Neil Simon’s best works, and a show not to be missed.

Directed by Steve Arcidiacono

CAST

Julie Every-Clayton: Nora
Cadence Freeman: Laurie
Scott Grumling: Jack
Bonnie Kapenstein: Kate
Lauren Kerstetter: Blanche
Cory Mecca: Stanley
Evan Paszamant: Eugene

Performances

May 6, 7, 13, 14 – 2016 at 8:00pm

May 8, 15 – 2016 at 3:00 pm

Written by Neil Simon

Presented through special arrangement with Samuel French

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