Morris Theatre Guild to stage ‘Lost in Yonkers’
BY JEANNE MILLSAP Correspondent April 30, 2013 6:24PM
Morris Theatre Guild’s “Lost in Yonkers” cast members include (from left) Randy Lowery, Mary Lerner, Dylan Obrochta, Josh Wren and Andrea Gustafson. | Supplied photo
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What: “Lost in
Yonkers,” a Neil Simon play presented by the Morris Theatre Guild
When: Friday to Sunday and May 10 to 12. Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
Cast and crew: Mary Lerner, Andrea Gustafson, Randy Lowery, Josh Wren, Dylan Obrochta, Mathew Root and Michelle Vrtis. Director: Jim Welch.
Assistant director: Tim Atchison.
Tickets: Visit www.morristheatreguild.com, call (815) 942-1966 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ticket prices: $12 for adults if reserved by email, phone or bought online; $15 at the door. Ages 13 and under $10. Group discounts are available.
Updated: June 2, 2013 6:24AM
Morris Theatre Guild’s spring play, “Lost in Yonkers,” promises prime Neil Simon: clever dialogue, laughter and introspection with a little of the sentimental thrown in.
Director Jim Welch, of Morris, is more than slightly acquainted with this play. He was captured by it from the first time he saw it at the old Candlelight Dinner Playhouse in Summit, and brought it to Morris Theatre Guild some 18 years ago. It’s returning this month with a completely different cast and the new perspective brought by the new actors.
“I love this show because it’s real,” Welch said. “We’re all imperfect human beings. We can all relate with that. Everybody’s like that. This show celebrates dysfunctional families and the way they survive it.”
“Lost in Yonkers” is a comedy drama set in Yonkers, N.Y., in 1942. It’s written by Simon, a Pulitzer Prize winner whose other works include “The Odd Couple,” “Barefoot in the Park,” “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and “Biloxi Blues.”
The play is the coming-of-age story of two brothers who find themselves in a very different world after their father leaves them at their grandmother’s Yonkers home so he can pursue his job as a salesman. The boys must deal with more than just a new environment as they learn to adjust to their stern grandmother, a hoodlum uncle, and an aunt with a mental illness and a surprise romance.
Assistant director Tim Atchison said he thinks those who attend the play will have moments of pure laughter and other moments that will tug at their hearts.
“I think it brings so much joy to the stage,” Atchison said, “and it will bring so much joy to the hearts of the people who see the show.”