Lost In Yonkers

Paperback | January 1, 1993

byNeil Simon

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Neil Simon’s inimitable play about the trials and tribulations that test family ties – winner of the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

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. Debuting at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in 1990, Lost in Yonkers went on to win four Tony Awards, including Best Play, as well as the Pulitzer Prize, and tells the 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. 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.

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When two boys go to live with their domineering, loveless grandmother, they quickly fall into the cycle of the highly dysfunctional family. Their Uncle Louie is a two-bit crook and their Aunt Bella has the mentality of a child. As Bella’s need for affection begins to subtly change the household dynamic, this leads the play towards it...

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Neil Simon’s inimitable play about the trials and tribulations that test family ties – winner of the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for DramaWhat 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. Debuting at the Ri...

Since 1960, a Broadway season without a Neil Simon comedy or musical has been a rare one. His first play was Come Blow Your Horn, followed by the musical Little Me. During the 1966-67 season, Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, Sweet Charity, and The Star-Spangled Girl were all running simultaneously; in the 1970-71 season, Broadway ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 8 × 5.3 × 0.4 inPublished:January 1, 1993Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0452268834

ISBN - 13:9780452268838

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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When two boys go to live with their domineering, loveless grandmother, they quickly fall into the cycle of the highly dysfunctional family. Their Uncle Louie is a two-bit crook and their Aunt Bella has the mentality of a child. As Bella’s need for affection begins to subtly change the household dynamic, this leads the play towards its wrenching conclusion. Neil Simon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Lost in Yonkers is a powerful, heartfelt play and one that remains an American classic.  

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"Neil Simon has done it again, with a craftmanship and skill probably unmatched in the contemporary English-speaking theater." —Clive Barnes, New York Post
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