Broadway Bound

by Neil Simon

 

13 November – 15 December

 

“Maybe I don’t have to become a writer. I’ll just set up seats in the living room.”

The final play in Neil Simon’s quasi-autobiographical trilogy (preceded by Brighton Beach Memoirs and Biloxi Blues) continues the story of young Eugene Jerome, an aspiring comedy writer with dreams of a career in radio. 

It’s 1949 and Eugene and his brother-cum-writing partner are stuck in the wilds of Brooklyn, with their increasingly remote father, disillusioned mother, and unreconstructed socialist grandfather. Meanwhile, their mother’s sister, who has ‘married well’ and now lives the good live on Park Avenue – a betrayal of her working-class roots in the eyes of her father – is attempting to reconcile her and Kate’s parents.

Life in this hard-scrabble, working-class Jewish household is an incessant round of baiting and bickering. But when the boys use their family as fodder for their comedy scripts, they learn early lessons in compassion and artistic integrity.

Simon’s reverie is bittersweet and nostalgic, but never sentimental. He chart’s Eugene’s coming-of-age and the family dynamics with truth, humanity and great humour.

“Simon may be the greatest comedy writer of the 20th century” Chicago Critic

creative & production team

Director Rosane McNamara
Set Designer Allan Walpole
Costume Designer David Marshall Martin

Sound Designer David Cashman
Lighting Designer Mehran Mortezaei
Assistant Director Martin Kelly

Production Manager Louise Fischer
Stage Manager Jo Jewitt
Lights and Sound Operator Ricci Costa

 

cast

Les Asmussen, Patrick Holman, Brett Heath, Suzann James, Susan Jordan, Simon Lee

 

dates/times

Previews (13 & 14 November) 7:30pm
Thursday – Saturday 7:30pm
Sunday 5pm
Saturday 15 December 2pm only

tickets

Full $35
Concessions, Groups (6+) $30
New Theatre Members $22
Previews, Thrifty Thursdays $20

School Groups $22
Accompanying teachers free
Bookings manager@newtheatre.org.au

“A deeply affecting domestic drama leavened with laughter … Conflict and want are the ingredients of every great play, and Broadway Bound is rife with conflict and want … The accent of the play, its pitch and significance in its exploration of the human experience is emphatically and entertainingly attuned by director Rosane McNamara” Australian Stage Online

 

Production photos: © Chris Lundie

Main image: © mandritoiu/Adobe Stock