Merlin Players Professional Theatre opened their 27th season with the Neil Simon comedy "Brighton Beach Memoirs."

Their final performances of the hilarious play are this weekend.  Thursday, October 28, 2021 through Saturday, October 30, 2021.

All performances are at the Paradise Center for the Arts in Faribault.  The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Julianna Skluzacek, Merlin Players Artistic Director is directing the play.  She was joined on a recent KDHL AM Minnesota program by Rion Cloutier of Medford who plays the lead charachter Eugene.

"Brighton Beach Memoirs" reflects the story of Neil Simon himself and his years growing up in Brooklyn, New York.  Eugene is 15 years old and is having a difficult time maturing as he discovers girls and begins to understand the tensions in the world around him in 1937.  It is a funny, heartwarming story.

Other cast members include, Paul Somers, Sydney Place Sallstrom both of Minneapolis, Kim Schaufenbuel of Owatonna, Caroline Drenth, Abby Cloutier (Rion's sister) and Zeke Brooks of Faribault.

Tickets are available online at  or call the box office at 507-332-7372 during their hours Wednesday through Friday, Noon to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. or an hour before each performance.

Due to the current high infection rate in Rice County the Merlin Players Board of Directors have implemented some guidelines to protect audience and cast members.

Proof of vaccine or a negative COVID test within 72 hours upon entering the theater is required.  Masks will also be required in all areas of the theater.

The performers and theater volunteers have been mandated to receive vaccinations.

Details on how you can get a COVID test is on the Merlin Players website.

You can listen to a podcast of the AM Minnesota program below.

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