LATHAM, N.Y. >> Curtain Call Theater just opened its new Latham theater with the Neil Simon play, “Lost in Yonkers”. It’s hard to say which is more impressive – the space or the production. Both are great.
The space at 1 Jeanne Jugan Lane in Latham might just be the best place in the Capital District to experience theater. With only 139 seats, it’s as intimate as it is comfortable. The seats are generous in size, the sightlines are perfect, and – there is plenty of parking.
This production is a perfect marriage of space and material. Just as the theater is comfortable, so is the production. “Lost in Yonkers” is an enjoyable and thoughtful play about the need for an individual to feel loved. It won both the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award in 1991, and seems as fresh today as it did then.
However, without laughter it could be a dreary experience about dysfunction. Instead, it is a charming work that offers insight into human behavior.
The humor in the play, which is set in the early 1940s, comes from experiencing the situation through the eyes of two teenage boys. They are left to live with a stern grandmother while their father, in order to pay his deceased wife’s hospital bills, takes a well-paying job that requires extensive travel throughout the south.
Grandma is a tough German immigrant who believes that firm discipline is the only way to raise children. Sentiment and caring is akin to coddling and no child has ever been coddled in her house. Her emotionally damaged adult children are proof of that.
Jay is 15 and Artie is…
click here to read more.