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1. How is the setting of Brighton Beach Memoirs described in the opening stage directions for Act I? What year is the play set in?

Brighton Beach Memoirs is set in Brighton Beach, New York, in September 1937, near the end of the Great Depression and just before the start of World War II. The Jerome household is located in a lower middle class section, where most of the inhabitants are Jewish, German, and Irish.

2. How is the Jerome house described in the stage directions for Act I? What comprises the first floor of the house?

All of the action takes place in and around the Jerome house, a smallish frame house with a small porch. Inside the house on the first floor, the audience can see the dining room and living room on the first floor as well as the steps leading to the second floor.

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