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Brighton Beach Memoirs

Brighton Beach Memoirs

By: Neil Simon
Directed By: J. Kevin Doolen

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. 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."

"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

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

Intended for adult audiences.


Brighton Beach Memoirs is produced by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Times and prices


04/18 | 7:30 pm   Buy Tickets
04/19 | 7:30 pm   Buy Tickets
04/20 | 7:30 pm   Buy Tickets
04/21 | 7:30 pm   Buy Tickets
04/22 | 2:00 pm   Buy Tickets

Ticket Prices
General | $13.00
Senior | $11.00
Students | $5.00

Performance Location

The Theatre

The Theatre