Neil Simon's

Brighton Beach Memoirs

March 20 - April 11
Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center Auditorium

Overview

Coming-of-age isn’t easy for Eugene, but it sure is funny!

Growing up as a poor Jewish boy in a large family, he recalls his memoirs of being an adolescent. As the narrator, Eugene shares his thoughts and opinions of his family as well as his dreams of becoming a professional baseball player. He recounts the hardships of puberty and coping with the struggles of finding his identity.

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Eugene Morris Jerome

Hailed as Neil Simon’s “finest”, “funniest” and “richest” play, this poignant masterwork elevated Simon into the pantheon of great American playwrights. This delightfully fresh comedy can’t be missed.

Suitable for ages 13+ (some sexual language)

 

Awards:

Outstanding New Play, Drama Desk Award (1983)

Best Play, New York Drama Critics’ Circle (1983)

Outstanding New Broadway Play, Outer Critics Circle (1983)

Best Feature Actor in a Play, Tony Award (1983)

 

Quotes:

“Eugene Morris Jerome…It is the second worst name ever given to a male child. The first worst is Haskell Fleischmann…”

“If only I was born Italian…All the best Yankees are Italian…My mother makes spaghetti with ketchup, what chance do I have?”

“How am I going to become a writer if I don’t know how to suffer? Actually, I’d give up writing if I could see a naked girl while I was eating ice cream.”

 

Reviews:

“Humorous and poignant-something to celebrate!” –Time

“A timeless classic about family, family dynamics, and working through life’s challenges.” –Maryland Theatre Review

“…Brighton Beach Memoirs brings you back to much simpler times…it is truly delightful and guaranteed to laugh and cry and relives all of those great family times and stories”-ShowBizChicago

“From start to finish, the entire show is cohesive and flowed wonderfully. Even the quiet parts in the production spoke loudly.” –Broadway World

“It’s an emotionally charged setup with plenty of nostalgic punch.” –LA Times

“Brighton Beach Memoirs is Neil Simon’s richest play…the funniest and truest, and consequently the most affecting, of all of the author’s works” –The New York Daily

 

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Brighton Beach Memoirs