by Brenton Mitchell
7/22/2014 4:05 AM
Tear jerking and gut splitting
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.
by Orlando Shelly
4/23/2014 3:07 PM
Brighton Beach Memoirs
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.
by Judith Williamson
12/9/2013 10:53 PM
A Time-Capsule of Chuckles.
A perfect blend of the feelings of adolescence adults have left behind and the sentiments of embracing change, Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs is a time capsule of pre-World War II chuckles. Part of Simon’s Eugene Trilogy, including Broadway Bound and Biloxi Blues, Brighton Beach Memoirs follows the Jerome family. The plot itself meanders between episodic and linear, using vignette to further a larger situation. The story is told, narrated and commented on by Eugene Jerome, a baseball enthusiastic, hormonal boy of fifteen with an equally potent imagination. Determined to become a writer, Eugene’s best friend is a marble copybook, where he documents the quips and episodes of his cousins Laurie and Nora, his brother Stanley, his aunt Kate and his mother and father. This play is a testament to good theatre, as it can be performed in almost every venue and to any audience, with the exception of children’s theatre and TYA. Witty, poignant and diverting, Brighton Beach Memoirs is the best choice for your next theatre project.
by Kevin Stackhouse
5/1/2013 3:57 PM
Funny, sentimental and historically relevant...a great combination!
This play was every bit as fun as watching a good episode of The Wonder Years as the lead, a 15 year old boy named Eugene, narrates the simple yet quirky stories of his 1930's Jewish Family.
Eugene is an extremely likable character. He connects well with the audience as he speaks directly to them to tell his story. It is is side of the story that we see and he is the only one whose thoughts the audience hears (and the thoughts of a 15 year old boy can get raunchy at times!).
He’s a smart alec and he’s walking that confusing line between childhood and adulthood but he is unbelievably endearing. In fact, any time he is off stage for too long you start to miss him.
Other characters are Kate and her sister Blanche who are both mothers trying to do right by their children. Aunt Blanche’s daughters are Laurie and Nora. Laurie is a dry and blunt character while Nora is a drama queen but they both have the ability to tug at heartstrings and make you laugh. Eugene’s father, Jack, is the leader of the family as he bears the burden of everybody else’s problems as well as his own.
But I'd say that some of the best interactions of the show are between Eugene and his older brother Stanley. This is no after school special. This is a very real show and the two brothers talk to each other like real boys do and it makes the audience absolutely thunder with laughter!
Brighton Beach Memoirs is a classic coming of age story. Neil Simon's material is timeless and it is one of my favorite shows.
by Music Brunetto
4/24/2013 4:57 PM