Eugene (standing) tries his best to understand his family. Puberty isn't easy, but it's very funny in Wine Country Theatre's production of Brighton Beach Memoirs, by iconic playwright Neil Simon. The cast includes Curran Bojorquez (standing) as the aspiring writer, baseball player and girl crazy Eugene. His beautiful cousin, Nora, played by Elizabeth Umpenhour (seated, far left) and her mother Blanche, played by Kristin Saunders, and his younger bookworm cousin, played by Bailey Bojorquez, have moved into his house. Set in the Great Depression, the loving, yet fractured family faces hard times in this semi-autobiographical play about Neil Simon's teenage years in Brighton Beach, New York. His older brother, Stan, played by Thomas Grandoli, (center, seated), tries to help Eugene by explaining the mystery of girls. His indomitable mother, Kate, played by Janine Elich, runs the household, while his overworked father, played by Tracy Mayfield, holds the family together. Written by the great American playwright, Neil Simon, the comedy opens November 15 at the Park Ballroom in Downtown Paso Robles. Shows are on Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday matinees through December 1.