Playwright Neil Simon’s flirtation with bildungsroman doesn’t go for the laughs in exactly the same way as his many hit comedies. But the 1930s Brooklyn setting and the bittersweet reflection on his early years helped provide Simon with a legit podium for more serious dramatic invention, while also finding some warm humor underneath the semi-autobiographical setup. It’s also the first installment of the so-called Eugene Trilogy, which also included Biloxi Blues and Broadway Bound. Laura Skaug directs the new Boiler Room Theatre mounting, which stars Daniel Meyerowitz as young Eugene and also features Dan McGeachy, Debbie Kraski, Vicki White, Jeremy Maxwell and Gina D’Arco. Despite the Simon pedigree here, the script does contain more than the usual amount of mature subject matter and adult language.