Brighton Beach Memoirs

By Neil Simon
Directed by Jim Snyder

April 3–18, 2020

Valley Center Stage

Brighton Beach Memoirs is Part One of Simon’s humorous and poignant autobiographical trilogy. Simon brings to life the hardships that defined his depression-era youth through narrator, Eugene Jerome, who is a Jewish-American teenager in the throes of puberty, preoccupied with sex and obsessed with the Yankees. He lives with his immediate and extended Jewish family in a crowded, lower middle-class Brooklyn walk-up. According to the father, “if you didn’t have a problem, you wouldn’t be living here,” aptly describing the troubled Jerome household suffering illness, unemployment, poverty, deep resentments and the foreboding signs of World War II.  Eugene makes witty and unforgettable observations as he learns about girls, family, relationships, and a world on the verge of war.

Directed by VCS’ former Artistic Director, Jim Snyder, who loves to bring bittersweet stories to life through live theater. Recent directing credits include The Seafarer, Irma Vep, Superior Donuts, Steel Magnolias and Over the River and Through the Woods.  Jim recently returned to the stage as Oberon in last season’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.


"Brings a fresh glow to Broadway... In many respects his funniest, richest and consequently the most affecting of his plays."  – New York Daily News

"Brighton Beach Memoirs” belongs to the family genre where the passwords are forgive and remember." The New York Post called it, "effortlessly his best play." – Time critic T.E. Kalem

"There’s no romanticized gloss on the view of family life; the bonds are intense and unbreakable, yet they come through with all the wrinkles of real life." – Variety, Read More

"Hilarious comedy... His finest play... A delightful and enriching experience." – CBS-TV

Tickets prices:

  • General: $18.00
  • Senior/Student: $14.00 (senior tickets are available to people ages 65 and older)
  • Pay-What-You-Will: Thursday performances only; $10.00 suggested minimum where every dollar helps us continue to provide quality productions.

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