Brighton Beach Memoirs
By Neil Simon
Summary: Nora's enthusiasm for appearing in a Broadway musical is not shared by her mother, Blanche, who
rightly feels that Nora is to young and naive, and that getting a proper education takes precedence over show
business. But she has not given her decision. Rather, due to the fact her brother-in-law, Jack, is the head of the
household, she has deferred to him. Nora's fate is in Jack's hands. Nora, beside herself with frustration, resents
having her destiny in the hands of her uncle. Here, in a scene with her younger sister, Laurie, she expresses her
lingering sense of loss for her father and her commitment to the realization of a better life.
Nora is crying. Laurie sits on the bed opposite her, watching.
So? . . . What are you going to do?
I don't know. Leave me alone. Don't just sit there
It's my room as much as yours. I don't have to leave
it if I don't want to.
Do you have to stare at me? Can't I have any privacy?
I'm staring into space. i can't help it if your body
interferes. (pause) I bet you're worried?
How would you feel if your entire life depended on
What your Uncle Jack decided?. . . Oh, God, I wish
Daddy were a live.
He would have said, "No." He was really strict.
Not with me. I mean he was strict but he was fair.
If he said, "No," he always gave me a good reason. He
always talked things out. . .I wish I could call him
somewhere now and ask him what to do. One three
minute call to heaven is all I ask.
Ask Mom. She talks to him every night.
Who told you that?
She did. Every night before she goes to bed. She puts
His picture on her pillow and talks to him. Then she
pulls the blanket half way up the picture and goes to sleep.
She does not.
She does too. Last year when I had the big fever, I
slept in bed with both of them. In the middle of the night,
my face fell on his picture and cut my nose.