Brighton Beach Memoirs | Productions : The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre

Brighton Beach Memoirs

11-12 Productions


Coming of age is never easy, but it can be very funny. Brighton Beach Memoirs, the first installment in Neil Simon's semi-autobiographical trilogy, introduces us to Eugene Morris Jerome, the playwright's 14 year-old alter ego. It's 1937. The country is in the midst of the great depression, Europe is teetering on the brink of war and the young writer is living with his extended family in a crowded, middle-class home in Brooklyn, New York. Despite all that's going on around him, all Eugene can think about is playing baseball for the New York Yankees... and girls. This heartwarming comedy serves as a wonderfully nostalgic reminder of what it was like to grow up in a tight-knit, loving family during the most difficult of times.

"Simultaneously poignant and funny. The characters are fully dimensional, believable... An outstanding show..."
- Variety

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