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Brighton Beach Memoirs - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Brighton Beach Memoirs

Neil Simon

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

3m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573619410

Dreaming of baseball and girls, Eugene must cope with the mundane existence of his family life in Brooklyn: formidable mother, overworked father, and his worldly older brother Stanley. Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche, her two young (but rapidly aging) daughters and Grandpa the Socialist and you have a recipe for hilarity, served up Simon-style.

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Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Adaptations (Stage & Screen), Period

Time Period - 1930s

Settings Of Play - Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, New York. September, 1937.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Broadway

Here is 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 walk-up. Eugene Jerome, standing in for the author, is the narrator and central character. Dreaming of baseball and girls, Eugene must cope with the mundane existence of his family life in Brooklyn: formidable mother, overworked father, and his worldly older brother Stanley. Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche, her two young (but rapidly aging) daughters and Grandpa the Socialist and you have a recipe for hilarity, served up Simon-style. This bittersweet memoir evocatively captures the life of a struggling Jewish household where, as his father states "if you didn't have a problem, you wouldn't be living here."


REVIEWS

"Brings a fresh glow to Broadway...In many respects his funniest, richest and consequently the most affecting of his plays." - New York Daily News

"There’s no romanticized gloss on the view of family life; the bonds are intense and unbreakable, yet they come through with all the wrinkles of real life." - Variety, Read More

"Hilarious comedy...His finest play...A delightful and enriching experience." - CBS-TV


BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS was first presented at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York City. It was directed by Gene Saks.
Characters

CASTING

3m, 4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

EUGENE - almost 15
BLANCHE - 38
KATE JEROME - 40 year-old, Blanche's sister, Eugene's mother
LAURIE - 13
NORA - her sister, lovely at 16
STANLEY JEROME - 18
JACOB "JACK" JEROME - about 40, Eugene's father
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Neil Simon

Neil Simon

American playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon is widely regarded as one of the most successful, prolific and performed playwrights in the world. In addition toLost In Yonkers, which won a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize, his plays and musicals include Come Blow Your Horn, Little Me, Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, Sweet Charity, The Star-Spangled Girl, Plaza Suite, Promises, Promises, Last ... view full profile

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Reviews
Brenton Mitchell 7/22/2014 4:05 AM
Orlando Shelly 4/23/2014 3:07 PM
This was a fantastic autobiographical play that was hilarious throughout. There was also an undertone that was very heart wrenching to the family as they are struggling to make ends meet. So many great and in depth characters. Definitely recommend to any mature program.
Judith Williamson 12/9/2013 10:53 PM
Love it. Simon, of course, is a wonderful writer, but the heartfelt sentiment of this piece is captivating. It teaches us, also, about the complexities of relationships, and everyone needs to make their own decisions-no matter how painful some of those decisions may be.

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