Itâ??s a coming-of-age comedy set in 1937 Brooklyn. Neil Simonâ??s semi-autobiographical, Brighton Beach Memoirs, follows a Jewish family struggling to get by as the world sits on the brink of World War II.
Michigan Tech student Toby Mahan plays the main character and narrator, Eugene.
â??Heâ??s a classic 15-year-old boy,â?? said Mahan. â??Heâ??s just discovering girls now, so itâ??s a confusing and very exciting time in his life. And when he has his aside, he has these brief moments of wisdom.â??
Eugene lives in a full house with his parents and older brother, as well as his aunt and two cousins. His older cousin, Nora, is an aspiring Broadway dancer and becomes the focus of his romantic interest.
His younger cousin, Laurie, played by 8th grader Eva Nemiroff, is the 13-year-old know-it-all suffering from a heart condition.
â??I really like playing Laurie because I really like her in the sense that she kind of knows a lot about everyone, and she sometimes craves attention, and I just think sheâ??s a very relatable character,â?? explained Nemiroff.
The cast said there will be times of laughter, sadness, and rejoicing sprinkled throughout, but the main theme is how family sticks together.
â??Family is huge and how that family interacts, what happens when things start going wrong, and how family comes together and holds together and keeps things going,â?? said Kate Van Susante, who portrays Eugeneâ??s mother, Kate.
â??Itâ??s showing a normal family with normal family problems and how life can tend to get in the way of a family ordeal, but then by the end of it, everyoneâ??s going to come together anyway,â?? Mahan added.
The show will be October 17-19 and October 24-26 at 7:30 in the McArdle Theater.
The cast and crew of Brighton Beach Memoirs caution that there are brief adult themes and advise parental discretion.
For ticket information, visit the Rozsa box office website here .