The Dyersburg State Community College Theatre Department will present Neil Simon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Lost in Yonkers, Thursday through Saturday, March 22nd -24th.
Written by Simon in 1991 and awarded the Pulitzer Prize for drama, the play was made into a movie in 1993, starring Mercedes Reuhl and Richard Dreyfuss.
Though labeled as a comedy, the play is a hybrid of comedy and tragedy, as the reasons for the eccentricities of the family are revealed, while still masked by the humor. The play centers around the Kurnitz family at the close of World War II, and the action takes place in the apartment, located just above the candy/ice cream store of the family’s matriarch, Grandma Kurnitz. Grandma Kurnitz is a German Jewish immigrant who has no friends, and does not appear to want any.