01 Jan 2016

Review of ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’

by Hilary Cordery Set in Brooklyn, New York, Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs records the life and struggles of an immigrant Jewish family in the 1930s, shortly before the Second World War. The narrative is seen through the eyes of 15-year-old Eugene Jerome (Harrison North). Eugene aspires to be a writer, hence the play’s title. Tensions within the family give Eugene plenty of material for his memoirs, but the play also records Eugene’s own rite of passage as he becomes […]