Brighton Beach Memoirs
By Neil Simon
Directed by Brad Toberman
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: formidable mother, overworked father, and his worldly older brother Stanley. Throw into the mix his widowed aunt Blanche and her two young (but rapidly aging) daughters 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."
Produced by Sauk Prairie Theatre Guild at River Arts Center, 105 9th Street, Prairie du Sac
Performances: July 24-31, 2010
Performance Times: Saturday, July 24, 7:30pm; Sunday, July 25, 2:00pm; Friday, July 30, 7:30pm; Saturday, July 31, 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: Tickets go on sale on July 1, 2010. Advance: $13/$5 adult/student. At-the-door: $15/$7 adult/students.
Call 608-448-6770 for reservations or more information.