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BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS by Neil Simon – Raven Theater, (773) 338-2177 – raventheatre.com – 6157 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60660 , Cross Streets: Between W Hood Ave and W Granville Ave Neighborhoods: Edgewater Set in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn, New York in September 1937, a comedy that focuses on Eugene Morris Jerome, a Polish-Jewish American teenager who experiences puberty, sexual awakening, and a search for identity as he tries to deal with his family, including his older brother Stanley, his parents Kate and Jack, Kate’s sister Blanche, and her two daughters, Nora and Laurie, who come to live there after their father’s death. Q-Tips say: We enjoyed it. What a refreshing play – no cursing, nudity, verbal or physical abuse, etc. The cast did a good job of portraying what life was like in 1937 for some, perhaps most families, including the Brooklyn dialect. The ingenious set design was an accurate depiction of the furnishings of that period including the large stand alone floor radio. Mrs. Q says: BBM has been extended at the Raven and it is an excellent opportunity for parents/grandparents to take their younger family members to see Brighton Beach Memoirs, especially now that it is Summer and you can call and see what type of inexpensive tickets they may have to offer. It will give the kids a realistic view of life during that time. Could be a fun learning experience that the adults will enjoy also. The younger generation will see what teens did before personal computers, I Pad, cell phone, texting, and OMG – NO TV. Guess what? They read real hard cover books and played outside and ran errands/did jobs around the house for their parents. So go and enjoy, we did.