Monday, November 06, 2006
James Logan High School drama students performed Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs for their fall play this year. The play was directed by Paul Vega and performed by seven very talented students, all of whom were very entertaining and surprisingly comedic to watch.
The fictional family gathers around the dinner table.
The play ran close to three hours, with a 15 minute intermission.
"The play went vey well." said senior Jessica Jassar. "We worked really hard and I was nervous because this was my first play. But it ended up being a lot more fun than I expected. it was definitely a memorable experience."
The students worked very hard to make sure the play went off without a hitch.
"We were building the sets for about a month and we worked really hard because we only had a little bit of time," said Alex Smith, a senior who played the father of Eugene.
The stage was set up so that you would see the family room, the dining room, and up a couple stepsyou could see into the kids’ bedrooms. The set up was wonderful, allowing for many things to be going on at once in different places and yet still maintaining focus on the speaker.
Tracy Martin, Alex Smith and Gabriel Hinojoza celebrated after the show.
The costumes were also chosenvery well and worked very nicely for the time period in the play is set. Overall, the play wentvery well.
The play is about a Jewish family all living together in a small house in New York, struggling with money troubles, their principles, and growing up.
The girls did, too.
Eugene Jerome, played by sophomore Gabriel Hinojoza, narrates throughout the play. Eugene is a 15-year-old boy who is in love with his cousin, Nora, played by Jassar. Eugene dreams of being a famous baseball player and, in the meantime, he is completling a book of memoirs that he would like published only after his death. Eugene lives with his mother, father, brother,aunt, and two female cousins. Although the family is close: they had their share of problems, which madefor a play that left the audience on the edge of their seats throughout the play.