Neil Simon's Coming-of-Age Comedy: Brighton Beach Memoirs
Neil Simon changed the course of his career when he wrote Brighton Beach Memoirs, the first play of his Tony Award-winning Eugene Trilogy. Never before had Simon's writing been so personal, reflecting the actual individuals and hardships that defined his Depression-era youth. Set in 1937, Brighton Beach Memoirs follows Eugene Morris Jerome, a Jewish American teenager in the throes of puberty. Complicating Eugene's coming-of-age are the relatives that crowd his family's Brooklyn apartment, including his parents, his older brother, his widows Aunt Blanche and her two daughters, one of whom he finds far too attractive for a cousin. Critics have praised the play for its humor, but also for its clear-eyed look at the tough choices that faced many American families in the '30s.
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