Brighton Beach Memoirs is a semi-autobiographical comedic play by Neil Simon set in 1937 Brooklyn during the depths of the Great Depression and on the eve of World War II. First performed in 1982, Brighton Beach Memoirs opened on Broadway the following year, where it ran for almost 1,300 performances. Numerous regional theaters have produced the show since then. Simon went on to write two more semi-autobiographical plays featuring Eugene Morton—Biloxi Blues in 1985 and Broadway Bound in 1987—thus creating the “Eugene trilogy.” Brighton Beach Memoirs was nominated for several Tony Awards and adapted into a movie in 1986.


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