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Who the Heck is Neil Simon Brighton Beach Memoirs The Odd Couple The Out-of-Towners The Sunshine Boys are just a few of Neil Simons most successful plays which have kept millions of people amused for many years now His success in the playwriting business has earned him respect from his readers and recognition not only as the most successful playwright but one of the best Brighton Beach Memoirs was written as a reflection upon his own childhood life Simon was born in the Bronx an area located in New York City He joined the United States Army at the age of 16 and studied for a short time at New York University and at the University of Colorado Simon was later discharged from the Army in 1946 he then worked for Warner Bros where his older brother Danny worked for the publicity department The two wrote many comedy sketches for radio and television comedy stars Simon wrote his first play Come Blow Your Horn 1961 which was featured on Broadway for over 2 years Brighton Beach Memoirs 1983 was just one of out of his three autobiographical plays It was written as a reflection upon his own childhood life growing up during the depression in New York City Like the Jerome and Morton family in the play Simon lived in a house occupied by 8 people According to Simon life was very much like that of the life in Brighton Beach Memoirs Making ends meat was tough and Simons own father was similar to Jack Jerome Simon expresses his own deep and personal feelings for his father in Brighton Beach Memoirs In reality Simons father was not as vulnerable to care and love as he wanted him to be He never checked his report cards nor did he ever ask about them Jack Jerome however seems to care about Eugenes schooling with great concern It is as if
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