However sparkling a performer, Noah Rawitz hasn't developed the comic subtlety or dialect skills to play Neil Simon's pubescent alter ego in the first installment of his autobiographical trilogy. But because all Rawitz's scenery chewing stifles the comedy, the family's struggle to hold together during the Great Depression and the dawn of World War II becomes even more poignant. Simon is a gifted illustrator of a bygone ethic in which members of an extended family living under the same roof support and rely on one another. Steve Lehtman, Franette Liebow, and Rossana DiSilvio Woldman as the adults and Blair Robertson and Joe Bianco as the adolescents emerging from selfish cocoons into compassion beautifully reveal the pathos of this situation. Through 4/23: Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 7 PM, Sun 3 PM, Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 Campbell, Arlington Heights, 847-577-2121, $27-$37.