Tuesday, January 9, 2018

“Brighton Beach Memoirs" Opens at Barn Theatre in Montville

BrightonBeachMemoirs01Brighton Beach Memoirs
by Neil Simon

WHEN: January 12, 20, 26, 27 and February 2 & 3 at 8pm; and on January 13, 14, 21, & 28 at 2pm.
The Barn Theatre is located on Skyline Drive in Montville, NJ, just minutes off Exit 47 from Route 287.
TICKETS:$20 (senior/student tickets are $18 on matinees only).
For more reservations, information or directions, call The Barn Theatre Box Office at (973) 334-9320, or visit The Barn Theatre on the web at www.barntheatre.org

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, her two young (but rapidly aging) daughters and Grandpa the Socialist 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."

The cast of Brighton Beach Memoirs features: Ryan Fogler of Johnson, NY as Eugene Morris Jerome, Eric Roper as Stanley Jerome,  Jonathan Rudolph of Parsippany, NJ as Jack Jerome, Cheryl Marocco Bookstaver of Montville, NJ as Kate Jerome, Kristin-Leigh Nicholson of Hillburn, NY as Blanche Morton, Alyssa O'Brien of Wayne, NJ as Nora Morton, and Caroline Ritacco of Nutley, NJ as Laurie Morton.  

Pictured is Ryan Fogler as Eugene Morris Jerome. [Photograph by Tom Schopper]