Lost in Yonkers
"Neil Simon has done it again, with a craftmanship and skill probably unmatched in the contemporary English-speaking theater." —Clive Barnes, New York Post What happens to children in the absence of love? That is the question that lies at the heart of this funny and heartrending play by one of... show more
"Neil Simon has done it again, with a craftmanship and skill probably unmatched in the contemporary English-speaking theater." —Clive Barnes, New York Post What happens to children in the absence of love? That is the question that lies at the heart of this funny and heartrending play by one of America's most acclaimed and beloved playwrights. Winner of four Tony Awards, including Best Play, and the Pulitzer Prize, Lost in Yonkers is Neil Simon's moving drama about the cruelties and painful memories that scar a family. It is New York, 1942. After the death of their mother, two young brothers are sent to stay with their formidable grandmother for the longest ten months of their lives. For Grandmother Kurnitz is a one-woman German front—a refugee and a widow who has steeled her heart against the world. Her coldness and intolerance have crippled her own children: the boys' father has no self-esteem . . . their Aunt Gert has an embarrassing speech impediment . . . their Uncle Louie is a small-time gangster . . . and their Aunt Bella has the mentality of a child. But it is Bella's hunger for affection and her refusal to be denied love that saves the boys—and that leads to an unforgettable, wrenching confrontation with her mother. Filled with laughter, tears, and insight, Lost in Yonkers is yet another heartwarming testament to Neil Simon's talent.
Publish date: January 21st 1992
Publisher: Random House, Inc.
Pages no: 120
Edition language: English
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I finally read a play by Neil Simon that was interesting. It is 1942 and World War II is raging. Two teenage boys have recently lost their mother to a long illness. The hospital bills were enormous and their father is in financial trouble. He has found a high paying job, but it requires extensiv...