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Biloxi Blues (Eugene #2)

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Full Length, Comic Drama / Casting: 6m, 2f / Scenery: Various sets

Tony Award Best Play 1985

The second in Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Neil Simon's trilogy which began with Brighton Beach Memoirs and concluded with Broadway Bound. When we last met Eugene Jerome, he was coping with adolescence in 1930's Brooklyn. Here, he is a young army recruit during WW II, going th

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Published November 29th 2007 by L.A. Theatre Works (first published 1985)
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Jamilla Rice
May 12, 2012 Jamilla Rice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always loved the film version of this play, so when I found the book on a Goodwill shelf, I thought it was a sign. Apparently the sign didn’t say “Urgent”, because I did not get to reading the play itself for quite a few years. Most of the play is the same as the movie version except for the ending and the movie’s expansion of the relationship between Jerome and Daisy. It’s sweet, yet sad, as any “coming-of-age” tale always is, except the sadness here is exacerbated by the threat of immin ...more
Oct 21, 2012 Hannah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I feel bad for rating this only 1 star because it's like telling Neil Simon "I hate your life." since this is based on his experiences. This comedy really isn't my type of humor. I hated all the characters except Eugene, Daisy, and Epstein (Maybe you're supposed to...?). There are some redeeming scenes, but all in all, the characters are disgusting and vulgar.
Maybe my hopes were set too high for this play. I had heard of the legendary comedic playwright and was expecting something hilariously f
Jun 23, 2015 Steven rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays, comedy, american
At times amusing but often realistically brutal portrayal of life as an army recruit.
Aug 26, 2011 Ian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 11th-grade-books
Biloxi Blues is about a group of soldiers from various parts of the U.S, including some fron New York, who go to get trained to fight in World War II on a military base in Biloxi, Mississippi. The narrartor of the play is a Jewish soon-to-be soldier from Brighton Beach, New York named Eugene. The conflicts throughout the play are mainly caused by one or two mean soldiers in the group, but it's interesting to see how the soldiers get along. The interactions between the soldiers of the story is th ...more
Neil Schleifer
Aug 18, 2010 Neil Schleifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The second of Simon's Eugene Morris Jerome trilogy is surprisingly much deeper and far more serious than either BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS or BROADWAY BOUND.

Eugene, the narrator of all three plays, takes almost a backseat in this one -- hanging in the periphery as a variety of well drawn characters step forward to deals with issues of identity -- authority (the nature of taking and receiving orders when you question their moral exactitiude), ethnic (dealing with stereotypes of Southerners, New Yorke
Feb 12, 2014 Boni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The second instalment in Neil Simon's Eugene Trilogy. Eugene Jerome is now an army recruit training in Biloxi, Mississippi. Eugene who aspires to be a writer keeps a journal to record his experiences in the training camp, which is ruled by the sadistic Sergeant Merwin J. Toomey. Neil Simon is a unique playwright for he has the dexterity to combine comedy with drama, laughter and sentimentality.
Apr 11, 2015 Pinky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is a wonderful play! I was planning on reading Brighton Beach Memoirs but this is what was on the library shelf. Continues the story of Eugene that begins in Brooklyn as he moves to Biloxi, MS for army basic training camp before shipping out as a WWII soldier. Funny, sweet, dramatic.
Mar 20, 2016 Jay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Basic training humor. I particularly liked the author addressing the audience at times... I see that as effective on the stage. I guess a lot of the jokes I have heard before, but it does have some really nice scenes.
Feb 12, 2011 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I like Neil Simon plays. Interestingly, and in contrast to most other plays I like, I have read very few of them. I have seen quite a number of them on stage and of course on film. Simon, however, was not a playwright that I studied.

In 1985 or 86, my parents took me to see this at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York. They too were Simon fans. I think it helped that Biloxi was in the title, as my grandfather had been stationed there. Matthew Broderick starred in that. I knew him from War Games. Ap
I find the autobiographical plays are less appealing than his earlier comedies.
Eric Weisheit
More cow bell!
Andrea "Drea"
Sep 02, 2014 Andrea "Drea" rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emmett Spain
Nov 12, 2012 Emmett Spain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second of Neil Simon's autobiographical plays about his life in the army, Biloxi Blues takes our protganist and a small crew of loveable army grunts to Biloxi, Mississippi for basic training. A mass of one-liners, well drawn characters and some surprisingly poignant moments follow, in what is an easily digestible comedy with surprising substance (or unsurprising for those familiar with Neil Simon's work).
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Bobby Sullivan
Strange experience, reading this play at the same time as David Rabe's STREAMERS. There are similarities, but this play is a comedy. Both deal with some serious subjects, like being gay in the military. On the whole, maybe comedy is a better choice for this subject matter, because I'm really not enjoying the Rave play.
Feb 23, 2011 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I'm really not a Neil Simon fan, but I had to read this over and over again for my Stage Management class. I'm glad I did, because it was far more entertaining and interesting than what I expected.
Nov 05, 2008 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gotta admit, Brighton Beach Memoirs was alot better than this one. It was not that interested. I believe that this book was the sequel to Brighton Beach Memoirs.
Dave Cotton
Mar 25, 2013 Dave Cotton rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Interesting for its autobiographical elements, but not as much fun as Brighton Beach Memoirs. Rather serious considering Simon's rep as a writer of comedy.
May 17, 2012 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Such a great play. Sgt. Toomey is a great character.
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Marvin Neil Simon is an American playwright and screenwriter. He is one of the most reliable hitmakers in Broadway history, as well as one of the most performed playwrights in the world. Though primarily a comic writer, some of his plays, particularly the Eugene Trilogy and The Sunshine Boys, reflect on the twentieth century Jewish-American experience.
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