Brighton beach memoirs is a coming of age story meaning that it shows how the main character makes a transition from childhood to adulthood. Brighton beach memoirs summary supersummary a modern alternative to sparknotes and cliffsnotes offers high quality study guides that feature detailed chapter summaries and analysis of major themes characters quotes and essay topics.
Simon continued to use brighton beach memoirss main character in two more plays each more successful than the last.
Brighton beach memoirs characters description. The story of brighton beach memoirs follows almost 15 year old eugene jerome as he grows up in 1937 brooklyn. Due to financial reasons must work a factory job which he hates. Brighton beach memoirs is the first play in neil simons semi autobiographical comedic eugene trilogy which also includes biloxi blues and broadway bound.
Though plays written after the trilogy were not always as successful simons reputation as a gifted playwright was firmly solidified and simon continued to write broadway plays well into the 1990s. Brighton beach memoirs had a pre broadway engagement at the ahmanson theatre in los angeles on december 10 1982 and following an additional pre broadway engagement at the curran theatre in san francisco the play premiered on broadway at the alvin theatre on march 27 1983 and transferred to the 46th street theatre where it closed on may 11 1986 after 1299 performances and 7 previews. The play revolves around his memoirs which are those of the young neil simon.
Act i brighton beach memoirs opens in september 1937 in the jerome household. Character description analysis and casting breakdown for jack jerome from brighton beach memoirs. Stanley jerome 18 21 years old he is the older brother of eugene.
Eugene learns about girls family relationships and the impending war. Eugene is almost 15 years old and he is starting to. Brighton beach memoirs characters neil simon this study guide consists of approximately 29 pages of chapter summaries quotes character analysis themes and more everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of brighton beach memoirs.
Eugene makes many witty observations about life and the need for family throughout the play as he interacts with his passionate quirky polish jewish relatives. The jeromes live in a lower middle class neighborhood in brighton beach new york. Brighton beach memoirs is about the jeromes a brooklyn family in the late depression era 1937 and the financial difficulties they face when three relatives join the household.