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Stepping Out

'Beach' weekend in Mtn. View


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Sam Hyrkin plays Eugene and Elisa Garber portrays Nora in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs.”

Peninsula Youth Theatre this weekend presents its inaugural Teen Intensive Production – Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs.”

PYT’s most experienced teenaged students are staging the play, scheduled Friday and Saturday in Mountain View. They serve as producer, director, stage manager, crew and performers. Los Altos High School junior Borna Barzin directs the dramatic comedy.

“Memoirs” is an autobiographical coming-of-age story about a 15-year-old Jewish boy living in a poor, crowded household in Brooklyn in the 1930s. Dreaming of baseball and girls, Eugene Morris Jerome writes in his memoirs about his dull yet frustrating life. As he experiences puberty, the audience learns about the struggles of family life at the start of World War II. As Eugene’s father states, “If you didn’t have a problem, you wouldn’t be living here.”

PYT cautions that some of the material may not be appropriate for younger audiences, as it contains some adult topics and language.

Performances are slated 7:30 p.m. Friday and 1 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Tickets are $10.

For advance tickets and more information, call 903-6000 or visit pytnet.org.

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