Lost in Yonkers


Neil Simon

Published by Samuel French Inc

2 Male 3 Female

A Pulitzer Prize winner by America's great comic playwright, this memory play is set in a Yonkers in 1942 features another battling odd couple this time an old woman and her 35 year old daughter

Bella, the daughter, is a retarded, pathetically affectionate and more than enough for Grandma Kurnitz to manage. As the play opens, son Eddie deposits his two young sons on the old lady's doorstep

He is in debt and needs to go on an extended sales trip to make some money. The boys must contend with Grandma, a stern, tough old lady; with Bella and her secret romance, and with Louie, her brother, who may have mob connections

Gradually, the mood deepens and darkens as the boys endure life with a family of emotionally crippled people. While the children are only temporarily exiled in Yonkers, the rest of their sad, funny family is truly lost

"The best play Simon ever wrote" ~ N.Y. 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" ~ N.Y. 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

Winner of the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Best Play: 1991 Tony Awards

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