The time is 1937, and Eugene (Silverman) is a teenager living in the Coney Island area of Brighton Beach with his parents (Danner and Dishy), older brother Stanley (Drillinger), widowed aunt Blanche (Ivey) and her two daughters, Laurie (Glick) and Nora (Waltz). This septet raises endless
possibilities for interplay, but the focus throughout is on Eugene and his twin passions: baseball and women. Unfortunately, there is no real direction to this story--just a series of incidents, a lot of arguing, and many fewer laughs than we have come to expect from writer Simon. It was with this
play and screenplay, however, that Simon crossed into new territory, forgoing the eas...