Biloxi Blues ...
Michael Mahonen ( Epstein) and Kiel Martin (Jerome)
Eugene: Man it's hot. It's like Africa hot. Tarzan
couldn't take this kind of hot.
Biloxi Blues is the second of Neil Simon's
trilogy of autobiographical plays which appeared on Broadway and the big
screen. Biloxi Blues is the sequel to Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs.This
wry comedy follows the continuing story of Simon's alter ego, a young Jew
from Brooklyn named Eugene Jerome who enlists in the army towards
the end of World War II. While in bootcamp, Eugene
discovers that many of the same soldiers who are
eager to fight the Nazis are also antisemitic.
In the steamy heat of Biloxi, Mississippi, budding writer
Eugene encounters the absurdities of army life, including endless
drills, dense bunkmate and chipped beef on toast. He learns the hardships
of war through boot camp, to accept other people's differences, falls in
love and loses his virginity to a prostitute. He and the other young men
must endure the rigorous training and abuse from their drill sergeant.
But he also discovers that his compulsive wisecracking grates on
his tough drill sergeant, who just happens to be psychotic. Will Eugene
survive ten grueling weeks in fatigues?
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