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July 31, 2012 > Theatre: Lost in Yonkers

Theatre: Lost in Yonkers

Submitted By Suzan Lorraine

"Lost in Yonkers" is Neil Simon's Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning story about two young boys forced to spend a year in Yonkers with their ill-tempered grandmother and mentally challenged but kind-hearted aunt. The boys are doomed to live a very strict lifestyle until their amateur gangster uncle appears to stir things up a bit. Uncle Louie ends up helping both the boys and their aunt understand their aging grandmother and realize the importance of acceptance and love, despite the hardship of life in Yonkers.

"Lost in Yonkers" is a play rich with humor and sensitivity. Although it is set during WWII, Simon published "Lost in Yonkers" as America was entering the Gulf War in the Middle East, circa 1991. With history repeating itself, the main themes - survival, the importance of one's family and acceptance - still seem timely. The play is technically a comedy; the darker material is handled with Simon's light, just-funny-enough touch, allowing the audience to laugh their way through moments that otherwise would be uneasy.

Tickets are $18 general admission and $15 for seniors (60 plus) and students. Take advantage of Bargain Night on Saturday, August 4 when tickets are $13. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Box Office at (510) 733-5483 or visit online at

Lost in Yonkers
August 3 - 26
Friday and Saturday: 8 p.m.
Sundays (except August 5): 6 p.m.
Chanticleers Theatre
3638 Quail Avenue, Castro Valley
(510) 733-5483

Tickets: $15 and $18

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