Neil Simon is the quintessential New York comedic playwright (whose genius will be forever remembered and missed); and his play “Broadway Bound” is currently showing at the Miles Memorial Playhouse in Santa Monica. Quite bittersweet indeed! Neil Simon has the innate ability to combine pathos and humor in his characters, and does so quite effectively with Kate Jerome (Jill Remez); Ben Epstein (Shelly Kurtz); Eugene Jerome (Josh Reiter); Stanley Jerome (Matthew Nye); Blanche Morton (Maria Spassoff); and Jack Jerome (Mark Sande). This story is a semi-autobiographical account of Simon’s coming of age years in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, aspiring to become a comedic TV/ radio writer. The comedy evolves naturally out of personal family humor, professional drive and ambition. Following “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and “Biloxi Blues,” “Broadway Bound” is Simon’s farewell ‘swan song,” as it were, of the famed Eugene trilogy. Ironically, as the brothers meet with success, professionally , the family unit begins to unravel. The story is filled with emotion, and plenty of nostalgic punch, as well. Director Howard Teichman does an impeccable job in taking the audience down ‘memory lane,’ in a polished production, replete with authentic period costumes (Shon Le Blanc); and detailed set design (Kurtis Bedford ). One can easily assert that this play is among Simon’s best.
Through October 28th
Miles Memorial Playhouse
1130 Lincoln Blvd. Santa Monica
Fridays and Saturdays 8pm