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Broadway Bound




Broadway Bound


By Neil Simon
Directed by  Ray Bennie and Kathleen Healy-Schmeider
January 26 - February 4, 2007
The Cherokee Room Theater, Connestee Falls, Brevard

Cast

Ray Huth.....................Stanley Jerome
Jayson Clark ...............Eugene Jerome
Gene O'Hare ...............Ben
Doug Huth ..................Jack Jerome
Merylee Band.............. Kate Jerome
Michele Barg.................Blanche
John Denlea.................Announcer
Bob Stacy....................Chubby Waters
Michele Barg.................Mrs. Pitkin





Synopsis

The time is shortly after the end of World War II. Brothers Stanley and Eugene have both been soldiers and are now home with their parents in their Brooklyn house. Aunt Blanche has long ago left the house, and married a man who has gone on to great business success. She is now very wealthy. Kate resents her sister's good fortune and it is one of the sources of tension between them. Meanwhile, the somewhat senile grandfather Ben now lives with the family. He is an old socialist and can be lucid for long moments during the play. Jack has had an affair with a woman of greater education and level of culture than Kate, and Kate finds out about it during the play. In one of the show's big scenes, Eugene talks to Kate about her past, and she tells him about once dancing with movie star George Raft while he was still a young man in Brooklyn, before he made it in Hollywood. Played against all this is the growing success of Stan and Eugene in show business, writing comedy routines for a radio program broadcast in Manhattan. Another big scene is when their first comedy skit airs on the radio, with the family members listening, and becoming upset to hear a comic rendition of their personal trials and tribulations The sketch is a take on a Brooklyn family, much like their own (and Neil Simon's, in this autobiographical comedy.)

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