Brighton Beach Memoirs (review)

Brighton Beach Memoirs (review)
Brighton Beach Memoirs (review)
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THE PLAY: This is playwright Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical take on growing up with his Jewish family in ’30s New York.

 

THE PRODUCTION: Tyler Stevens made an impressive pro debut in “9 Circles” earlier this season (Read my review). This completely different role establishes him as a new talent to treasure. As the author’s embodiment and the play’s narrator, he creates a sweetly charming character and lands every line with comic ease. The rest of the cast is flawless too, making the humor human instead of falling for easy shtick. The credit also goes to director Steve Perigard, who has kept the comedy honest and maximized every moment to capture the show’s warmth. Not only is this production genuinely funny, but the drama the develops in Act Two features several truly touching moments. Terry Powers set manages to effectively cram 4 rooms on the stage and Sue Griffin’s costumes are period appropriate.

 

THE POINT: This outstanding cast has crafted a charming, genuinely funny comedy, while beautifully capturing the warmth of familial love.

 

(5 / 5)

 

At Virginia Rep production at Hanover Tavern thru 8/28

 

LISTEN TO MY REVIEW (as aired on WRIR)

 

Left to right: Andrew C. Boothby, Tyler Stevens, Trevor Craft, Meg Carnahan, Molly Nugent (facing away), Sara Heifetz, and Jill Bari Steinberg. Photo by Jay Paul.

Left to right: Andrew C. Boothby, Tyler Stevens, Trevor Craft, Meg Carnahan, Molly Nugent (facing away), Sara Heifetz, and Jill Bari Steinberg. Photo by Jay Paul.

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