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May 21 - 24, 2015

At North Coast Repertory Theatre

Directed by Siobhan Sullivan Crews



SOLANA BEACH- Brighton Beach Memoirs is Neil Simon’s hilarious semi-autobiographical portrait of a Jewish-American family as seen through the eyes of a young teenage boy. 


Set in Brooklyn in 1937, this coming-of-age comedy focuses on Eugene Jerome, a teenager who experiences puberty, sexual awakening and the search for identity as he tries to deal with his idiosyncratic family. An audience and critical favorite since it premiered in 1983, Brighton Beach Memoirs is based on Simon’s own memoirs of his life growing up in Brooklyn in the years just before WWII.

“This is a new challenge for our teen actors,” said Sullivan Crews.  “Neil Simon is brilliant at creating a true picture of family life in this play, complete with all the humor, anger, love and compassion that is the cornerstone of every family.  He touches the heart with every word”.


The show is rated PG and contains themes and language which may not be appropriate for younger audiences, although The New York Daily News called the original New York production “ many respects Neil Simon’s funniest, richest, and consequently the most affecting of his plays.” 


“I am inspired by our teen actors,” says Sullivan Crews.  “They pour their heart and soul into these characters and have truly created a family you want to root for onstage and off.”  


Brighton Beach Memoirs opens May 21st. Performances are May 21st at 5:00 PM, May 22nd at 7:00 PM, May 23rd at 2:00 and 5:00 PM and May 24th at 2:00 and 5:00 PM. North Coast Repertory Theatre is located at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D, Solana Beach, CA 92075. Tickets are $16.00 for adults and $12.00 for children 17 and under. To purchase tickets, call858-481-1055 or visit




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