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Brighton Beach Memoirs Recommended Member Picks The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 14 2013

Set in the far reaches of oceanside Brooklyn in the depths of the Great Depression, the first play in Neil Simon's semiautobiographical "Eugene trilogy" surveys the emotional and financial tribulations of an extended Polish-Jewish family. Charlie Bazzell shines as the smart-ass teenage narrator, Eugene. There aren't any obvious weak spots in director Cody Estle's cast, though more than a few actors flubbed lines as they gargled on thick Brooklyn accents. Simon's grand family comedy can feel at times like an entire sitcom season compressed into one sitting, with the first act setting up dilemmas like dominoes for act two's often pat string of resolutions. Ambitious stuff, maybe, but this Raven Theatre revival is up to the task. —Keith Griffith

Price: $36-$45


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