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Bella (left, Liz Bradley) is the catalyst for dramatic changes in the family. In this scene she tries to convince her mother (center, Annie Palches), to help the family. Arty (Jake Sudarsky) is being protected by his father, Eddie (Kevin Ryan). Photos by Ralph Stewart
Dysfunctional family functions
Playwright Neil Simon took the path less traveled, at least for him, when he wrote "Lost in Yonkers" in 1991. You must go to the Island Theatre Workshop's production, which opens tonight, to see for yourself why this divergent path earned Mr. Simon a Pulitzer Prize.
Grandma (Annie Palches) is a stern matriarch.
This is not the type of family who rallies around and supports each other in time of need. The grandmother has withheld love from her children, who all either fear or run away from her. How will these boys survive a year with her? Their salvation comes from an unlikely source, their Aunt Bella.
"Lost in Yonkers," at Katharine Cornell Theatre, Spring Street, Vineyard Haven, 7:30 pm, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Nov. 2, 3, 4. Also Thursday and Friday, November 9 and 10. Matinees at 2:30 pm Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 4 and 5, and Sunday, Nov. 12. Tickets are $15 or $12 for students and seniors. For more information or reservations, call 508-693-5290.