Lost in Yonkers | Performing Arts Review | Chicago Reader

Arts & Culture » Performing Arts Review

Lost in Yonkers

by

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

comment

Neil Simon's Pulitzer-winning 1991 comedy-drama, set in the 1940s, revolves around two precocious teenage boys whose father sends them to live with his battle-ax mother and neurotic, bitter, or impaired siblings while he takes a traveling sales job. Though director Catherine Davis and her able cast deliver Simon's trademark quips and shtick with great timing and punch, they don't rely on them too heavily--the usual mistake with Simon. Instead they plumb the play's depths to expose each character's wisdom, pain, and vulnerability. Particularly affecting are Whitney Hayes as the loopy aunt who has a woman's longings and a child's mind (the result of scarlet fever) and Kathleen Ruhl as the grandmother, whose steely facade armors her against suffering that would topple the average soul. As a result of this groundwork, it's heartrending when the family's trials give way to a glimmer of hope. Through 5/29: Fri-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM. No show Sat 4/23. Attic Playhouse, 410 Sheridan, Highwood, 847-433-2660. $16 in advance; $18 at the door.

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Reader Revolutionary $35/month →  
  Rabble Rouser $25/month →  
  Reader Radical $15/month →  
  Reader Rebel  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  → 

Add a comment