MOUNT VERNON — The Alcove Dinner Theater and CES Credit Union presents “Lost in Yonkers.” The production is directed by Bruce Jacklin and was written by America’s best-loved playwright, Neil Simon.
This acclaimed production has reached critical and popular success, winning Simon his first Pulitzer Prize. Many critics consider it to be his best work and the pinnacle of his career. Set above a candy store in New York, “Yonkers” is the story of two young brothers who come to live with their strict German grandmother during World War II. While awaiting the return of their father, the boys wrestle to contain their fiery wit as a host of relatives (one more eccentric than the next) enter their lives — a mobster uncle; a lovesick childlike aunt; an overbearing, hard as steel grandmother. The boys find themselves nose to nose with a family as sweet and hard as the candy they peddle downstairs.
“Lost in Yonkers” is Simon at his best riding the line between comedy and drama. It is a play about family. What holds them together? What pulls them apart? What are the inescapable bonds that bring children home after life has conspired to push them away? Questions which, in Simon’s hands, become the center of a highly entertaining and moving evening of theater.
Though technically labeled a comedy, the play strikes a poignant balance between comedy and drama.
The cast and crew include some familiar faces along with some actors new to The Alcove stage. The cast members are Alex Diehl (young Arty), Thor Fox (teenage Jacob), Maureen Browning (Aunt Bella), Kathy Sturm (Grandma Kurnitz), Bruce Jacklin (Uncle Louie), Steve Herbst (Eddie) and Ruth Frady (Aunt Gert).
Production crew includes Kate Redfield and Lauren Bennet as stage managers, Jackie Hatch-Miller and Bonnie Picket as stage crew, Patti Dice and Scott Swingle on lights and sound, Dan Fox and Dan Bockover constructing the set, Ian Ernsberger as sound and light designer, and Chris Aust designing costumes. The production dates are every Friday and Saturday night beginning Friday through the Feb. 25.
Social hour begins at 6:30, with dinner at 7:30 and the performance will follow dinner. Call The Alcove Restaurant for menu, prices and reservations at 392-3076 and ask for Faye. Produced with special permission from Samuel French Inc.
Published on January 31, 2012