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Biloxi Blues

Biloxi Blues
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Author: Neil Simon
Publisher: Samuel French
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 104
Pub. Date: 2010
ISBN-10: 0573690405
ISBN-13: 9780573690402
Cast Size: 2 women, 6 men
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About the Play:

Winner of the 1985 Tony Award for Best Play

Biloxi Blues is a full-length dramatic comedy by Neil Simon. Sequel to Brighton Beach Memoirs. A naive recruit goes into basic training to serve in World War II, finding romance and developing his writing talents by observing the diverse group of men he serves with – and the strange sergeant he serves under.

Biloxi Blues is set at an Army basic training camp in beautiful Biloxi, Mississippi in the dog days of summer 1943. Six raw, young recruits learn to BE ARMY and in the process learn more than they could have imagined about themselves, each other, and the war-torn world they are about to enter. A hilarious coming-of-age story about a naïve Jewish boy from New York City, going through basic training and learning about Life and Love with a capital 'L' along with some harsher lessons. Eugene Morris Jerome (a fictionalized version of Neil Simon) holds three wartime goals; to fall in love and lose his innocence, become a writer, and come home from World War II with all his body parts intact! His enthusiastic pursuit of all three, mixed with an exhilaration for life makes him a target for teasing and the not-so-friendly attention of the platoon's crazy Drill Sergeant. But amongst the push-ups, latrine duty and the questionable food, there is Daisy – the charming, well-read convent girl whom Eugene falls for at a USO dance. The second in Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright's autobiographical Brighton Beach trilogy which began with Brighton Beach Memoirs and concluded with Broadway Bound.

Biloxi Blues premiered in 1984 at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. It opened on Broadway in 1985 at the Neil Simon Theatre, was a mega-hit, winning the Tony Award for best play and ran for 524 performances. The play is regularly performed in regional repertory, high school, college, and community theatre productions.

Cast: 2 women, 6 men

What people say:

"A fine comedy, and another step in the process of making Simon neither so simple, nor so simplistic." — New York Post

"Joyous and unexpectedly rewarding." — New York Times

"A play that rings with a newer, deeper, sweeter truth." — New York Magazine

About the Playwright:

Neil Simon (1927-2018) was America's most prolific playwright. He had dozens of plays and nearly as many major motion pictures produced. He was showered with more Academy and Tony nominations than any other writer, and is the only playwright to have four Broadway productions running simultaneously. His plays have been produced in dozens of languages, and have been blockbuster hits from Beijing to Moscow. His true success, however, is in his unique way of exposing something real in the American spirit.

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