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Arts & entertainment

Finding the humanity in the family

Miners Alley hosts ‘Broadway Bound’


It’s a difficult time for everyone when children are getting ready to go out on their own into the world for the first time.

That’s the dilemma facing the Jerome family, as sons Eugene and Stanley get ready to leave their parents’ home for the fickle world of show business in Neil Simon’s “Broadway Bound.”

The show, which is the final installment in Simon’s Eugene Trilogy, runs at Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Ave. in Golden, from July 14 through Aug. 20. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday.

The focal point of “Broadway Bound,” just like “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” and “Biloxi Blues,” is Eugene Jerome (Julian Vendura), a young man going through all the aches and pains of growing into adulthood.

“Eugene is loosely based on Simon himself, and the trilogy is really his coming of age story,” Vendura explained. “It’s a story about real problems, and is a reflection of every family.”

Directed by Kate Gleason, “Broadway Bound” sees Eugene and his older brother Stanley (James O’Hagan Murphy) attempt to begin their careers as comedy writers, while dealing with the divorce of their parents, Kate (Cindy Laudadio-Hill) and Jack (Rory Pierce).

And things only get worse when the family realizes the brothers are using their home life for their material.

“The brothers are preparing to leave the nest, and that’s bringing changes to everyone,” O’Hagan Murphy said. “There’s some hilariously funny moments, but the show is really a moving drama.”

The entirety of the play occurs in a single family location, and when the intimacy of Miners Alley’s theater gets added in, everyone on the stage and in the seats star to feel like one big family.

“This show really connects with small audiences, because you really start to feel like you’re involved in the play,” Vendura said. “Everyone on the production has done a great job of bringing this world and family to life.”

Simon’s trademark humanity shines through the play, and that’s what O’Hagan Murphy hopes audiences come away with.

“This may be one of Simon’s lesser known shows, but I think it’s one of his best written,” he said. “It’s so human, and that’s what I hope stands out to people.”


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