Brighton Beach Memoirs

The family gathers and laughs ensue in Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs. From left are Chloe Shaw (as Nora), Linda Holbert (as Kate Jerome), John Baker (as Jacob “Jack” Jerome), Lisa Stammen (as Blanche) and Leira Maynard (as Laurie).

The Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach will present Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs” from Jan. 10 to 19, at 726 E. Third Ave., New Smyrna Beach.

Set in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn, N.Y. in September 1937 during The Great Depression, this Neil Simon coming of age comedy 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.

Dreaming of baseball and girls, he must cope with the mundane existence of his family life in Brooklyn: a 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.

The Little Theatre’s production of “Brighton Beach Memoirs” is directed by Gary Norris.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10-11 and 16-18 and 2 p.m. Jan. 12 and 19.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $19 for seniors and $10 for juniors. For tickets, visit nsbplayers.org, call (386) 423-1246 or in person from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday at the box office.

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