The Ottumwa Courier

February 15, 2013

'Biloxi Blues' coming to the George Daily Auditorium


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OSKALOOSA — Award-winning playwright Neil Simon’s masterpiece, “Biloxi Blues,” is coming to the George Daily Auditorium in Oskaloosa at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22.

The play follows the adventures of Eugene Morris Jerome and his fellow Army inductees as they struggle through basic training near Biloxi, Miss., in 1943. An aspiring writer who sees himself as an outsider observing the craziness around him, Eugene hopes to somehow remain “neutral ... like Switzerland.” He spends much of his free time recounting conversations and impressions in his journal, feeling a little ashamed for betraying the “secret and private thoughts” of his fellow soldiers.

Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, “Biloxi Blues” was hailed by The New York Times as “both heartwarming and funny.”

This stage play is recommended for high school audiences and older. Tickets are on sale now. Call the George Daily Auditorium box office at 641-672-0799, or go to www.georgedaily.org to watch a promotional video or purchase tickets. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students, and group rates are available.