Milford’s Riverfront Theater to reopen with ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’

The cast of “Brighton Beach Memoirs” enjoy a family meal during a scene from their upcoming show. Around the table from left to right are Brodie Sapp, Alexia Nadel, Colby Crawford, Carol Torrey, Tony Pierantozzi, Dana Willens and Sydney Gross. (Delaware State News/Jennifer Antonik)

MILFORD — Riverfront Theater will be open for business again starting this weekend.

As Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs” debuts on stage, the renovations that closed the theater for about six months will be seen by the public for the first time.

“It’s been a lot of hard work,” said volunteer Dan Marabello. “But boy, are we proud of it.”

Larger bathrooms and a more spacious, expanded lobby will now await theatergoers.

“To do it, we had to remove 58 seats. But, it’s all for a better experience. This is great for us,” Mr. Marabello said.

Theater volunteers like Mr. Marabello hope the newest play to hit the stage at Riverfront Theater will bring in crowds to see the renovations, laughing their way down the new hallways to their seats.

“It’s an exciting show,” Brodie Sapp said.

Brodie Sapp plays Eugene in the upcoming “Brighton Beach Memoirs” show at Riverfront Theater.

He plays the narrator and central character, Eugene Jerome, a young teen growing up with his family in a “crowded, lower middle-class Brooklyn walk-up,” according to Second Street Players.

“Brighton Beach Memoirs” is just one part of Mr. Simon’s comedic autobiographical trilogy. Mark Dissinger is directing the play and Tammy Crawford is acting as producer.

“It has been great being back in the theater. Rehearsing offsite did present slight challenges but once we got back in our home, the cast did a great job of translating everything to the stage,” Mr. Dissinger said.

“Second Street Players are very proud of the fact that we are an all-volunteer group and our renovation was made possible through grants, hard work and smart fiscal decisions.

We can’t wait for the public to see the new spaces and be a part of our more intimate theater experience. The acoustics are great, the surroundings are great but most importantly, the cast they will see for ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’ is top notch and will provide a great evening of entertainment for our audience.”

In the show, Eugene deals with mundane existence of his family life in Brooklyn, his overbearing mother (Dana Willens), overworked father (Tony Pierantozzi) and his worldly older brother Stanley (Colby Crawford).

Blanche tells her sister some interesting news in a scene from Brighton Beach Memoirs. They are played by Carol Torrey, left, and Dana Willens, right. Colby Crawford can be seen above them.

His widowed Aunt Blanche (Carol Torrey), her two young, but rapidly aging daughters (Alexia Nadel and Sydney Gross) are thrown into the mix.

The show will run Friday through Sunday and May 17-19 at Riverfront Theater located at 2 S. Walnut St. in downtown Milford.

Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7 p.m.; Sunday shows begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are $17 each with a $1 discount offered to seniors and students for Sunday matinees. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.secondstreetplayers.com or by calling 800-838-3006.

Reach staff writer Jennifer Antonik at jantonik@newszap.com

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