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Brighton Beach Memoirs

  • Neil Simon
  • Full Length Play, Period, Dramatic Comedy, 1930s
  • 3M, 4F
  • ISBN: 9780573619410

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

New York Daily News

  • Full Length Play
  • Period, Dramatic Comedy

  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Target Audience: Adult
  • Set Requirements: Interior Set
  • Cautions: Mild Adult Themes

  • Performance Group:
  • Community Theatre, College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre
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 pf 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 respect 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

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

 CBS-TV

Premiere Production: Brighton Beach Memoirs was first presented at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York City. It was directed by Gene Saks.
  • Casting: 3M, 4F
  • Casting Attributes: Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

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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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 pf 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."


Brighton Beach Memoirs was first presented at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York City. It was directed by Gene Saks.

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