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Lost in Yonkers (Drama, Plume) Paperback – January 1, 1993
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Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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YA-- An insightful drama about one woman's drive and its emotional toll on her and her family. Grandma Kurnitz has endured many crises, ranging from a harsh childhood in Germany to being a young widow with six children in a foreign country. From her life she learned to be strong, hard, and cold, and this is the lesson she tries to instill in her four remaining children. While her two teenage grandsons are in her care, the three learn the importance of being loved and loving, and the difference between living and surviving. The themes of family ties and the search for love should strike a responsive chord with many young adults.
Patricia A. Long, R.E. Lee High School, Springfield
Copyright 1992 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Grandma Kurnitz, who (ironically) runs a sweet shop, is embittered by her life: only four of her six children survive, and none of them are close to her. She does not know her grandchildren and does not want them living with her and messing up her life and her house, facts she makes plain to the boys from the outset. Ruling with an iron hand, she terrifies everyone around her.
The coming-of-age of Arty and Jay, as they learn to deal with Grandma and eventually learn to respect her, is not without its complications as the rest of the family involves the boys in their own issues. Aunt Bella, who is mentally and emotionally a child, falls in love. Aunt Gert, who can speak only as she exhales, and wheezes as she inhales (the result of a childhood trauma involving Grandma), checks in periodically on Grandma and Bella but tries to avoid Grandma. Uncle Louie is a bagman for the mob, and he is on the run. Their father, who maintains a dramatic presence through his letters, cannot come home until he has earned enough to pay off the loan sharks to whom he is indebted for the money for his wife's cancer treatments.
Moments of great drama, wit, and poignancy play out within the apartment, with all the action revolving around Grandma.Read more ›
actors to perform classic and contemporary plays, recorded in
state-of-the art sound quality . . . I've heard several of these in
the past and have never been disappointed . . . so when I had the
chance to listen to Neil Simon's LOST IN YONKERS, I jumped at the
What a marvelous time I had!
The play is set in Yonkers in 1942 . . . two boys, aged 13 and 16, have
to spend one year with their demanding grandmother after their
mother dies and their father needs to find work elsewhere . . . they
encounter all sorts of memorable characters, and I really felt
that I got to know each and every one of them.
The performances were all excellent, though in particular, I
was touched by the work of Roxanne Hart as Aunt Bella.
I now want to see the movie version of this play and, also,
catch more productions from L.A. Theatre Works.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awesome product!! Very accurate and very impressed!! A+Published 12 months ago by NicholasNathanDavis
Item arrived with timeframe proveded and in great condition. I will be audition for the show early next year and hope having the script will help me win a role.Published on August 17, 2013 by Rebecca Smith
Along with Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway Bound, I believe Lost in Yonkers is Simon's best play--addressing the issue of non-conformity. Read morePublished on October 29, 2012 by Marty Nemko
I am not a huge fan of Neil Simon. In general, I find his work to be a bit obvious and overblown, however "Lost in Yonkers" was a major exception. Read morePublished on June 14, 2011 by Erika Taylor