Oldcastle Theatre Company
Oldcastle Theatre Company presents "Brighton Beach Memoirs."
The most popular American playwright in history was, easily, Neil Simon, and comedic master's best play, according to many critics, gets a revival at Oldcastle Theatre as the company presents "Brighton Beach Memoirs" opening Friday, July 12.
15-year-old Eugene, modeled on Simon himself, is preoccupied with sex, and the Yankees, a writer-to-be, an alternately perplexed and perceptive observer, and our narrator and guide to life in the Jerome family. The play is set in September of 1937, late in the depression, the Jeromes have relatives living with them, and life is by no means easy. But as the playwright portrays it, it is neither miserable no pitiful. The Jeromes are troubled: there is illness, unemployment, poverty, deep resentments and foreboding signs of World War II. Yet the family meets challenges with such enormous spirit, dignity and vigor that life---at once humorous and poignant---is something to celebrate.
Time critic T. E. Kalem wrote that, "Brighton Beach Memoirs" belongs to the family genre where the passwords are forgive and remember." The New York Post called it, "effortlessly his best play."
Wednesday - Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Matinees Thursday, Sunday and First Saturday at 2 p.m.
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