Lost in Yonkers Author:Neil Simon Comic Drama / Casting: 4m, 3f / Interior SceneryWinner of the 1991 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award By America's great comic playwright, this memory play is set in a Yonkers in 1942. The hit Broadway production featured Irene Worth, Mercedes Ruehl and Kevin Spacey in award-winning performances. Bella, is 35-years-old, mentally challenged and living... more » at home with her mother, stern Grandma Kurnitz . As the play opens, ne'r do-well son Eddie deposits his two young sons on the old lady's doorstep. He is financially strapped and taking to the road as a salesman. The boys are left to contend with Grandma, with Bella and her secret romance, and with Louie, her brother, a small-time hood in a strange new world called Yonkers."The best play Simon ever wrote."-New York Post"Broadway desperately needs a comedy, a drama, and a hit. With Lost in Yonkers, Mr. Simon has given us all three."-Wall Street Journal"One of Simon's most impressive and funniest plays."-New York Daily News"Laughter and tears have come together in a new emotional truth. There are moments in this play when you experience a new kind of laughter for Simon, a silent laughter that doesn't explode into a yuk but implodes straight into your heart."- Newsweek« less
This is a short little play from Neil Simon about a New York family that grows up in a household without love. The stern matriarch of the family has grown bitter in her old age and her children have suffered because of it. However, her rebellious child-like daughter who continues to seek out love proves to be the saving grace of her family and her nephews. This play has been staged lots of times and was even made into a movie...I think.