Lost in Yonkers Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 21 2010

The beauty of Neil Simon's 1991 play, about a pair of brothers forced to live with their father's dysfunctional extended family, is in how it mixes the sweet and the bitter, acknowledging the harshness of life without falling into melancholy or sentimentality. The best moments in Brian Rabinowitz's production are those that evoke this ambiguity. Stephanie Ganacopolos, for example, earns both laughter and pathos as the good-hearted, lonely aunt. And Steven Camara is winning as the uncle with gangster ties. But too often Rabinowitz and his uneven ensemble allow the darker tones to overwhelm the story, slowing the pace, killing the comedy, and reducing what could be a charming coming-of-age story to mere domestic melodrama. --Jack Helbig

Price: $15-$25

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