ONE WEEKEND ONLY!
Gulfport Little Theatre is proud to present Biloxi Blues directed by Cal Walters, and Coast audiences are invited to experience Army boot camp on the Mississippi Coast during World War II. The comedy runs on weekend only October 15-18 with curtain at 8pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and a matinee performance on Sunday with curtain at 2pm. Regular admission is $15, with seniors/military/veteran (w/ID) $12, and students (w/ID)/children $10. Because of mature subject matter and language, the show is recommended for audiences 14 and over.
There is lots of laughter in this coming of age tale about a Jewish boy, Eugene Morris Jerome from the Bronx, who is drafted during WWII and shipped to boot camp in Biloxi, Mississippi. It is the middle play of Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical trilogy, between Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway Bound, and Eugene is set on vanquishing his virginity, falling in love and not getting killed in the war. On the train to Biloxi he meets up with the young men he will be in basic training with; Arnold Epstein a stubborn intellectual, high strung opinionated Joseph Wykowski, Don Carney, a singer, intellectually obtuse Roy Selridge, and reserved James Hennesey who serve to embody the various challenges he will confront to grow as a writer and as a man. However, it is the intimidating, hard-drinking, middle-aged Sergeant Merwin J. Toomey who stirs this pot of personalities to the boiling point in order to prepare them for what is to come.
It’s not all KP duty and push-ups for Eugene, however, as he does meet the lovely Daisy Hannigan played by Melanie Buford and the red-hot saucy Rowena, portrayed by Karen Burkett. Matthew Howard is very believable as Eugene in his honest asides to the audience and mannerisms on stage. John Koch gives a strong performance as Epstein, especially against Keith Pederson’s intensity as Sgt Toomey. Jacob Anderson embues Don Carney with soul and charm, and Greg Faul gives an expressive performance as Hennessey. Bret Massey plays Selridge with lots of pep, and Sean Murphy’s exuberance as Wykowski is spot on.
Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the box office at 228-864-7983 or online at www.gulfportlittletheatre.org.