At first glance, Neil Simons Lost in Yonkers looks like another semi-autobiographical intergenerational family comedy meets coming-of-age story. Peer a little closer and youll find a play thats less autobiographicaland less overtly sentimentalthan most of Simons other plays. This is Simon at the top of his game, the play that garnered him the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play.
Set during World War II, Lost in Yonkers follows two teenage brothers as they are forced to live with their cane-wielding grandmother for a year, while their father travels for work so that he can pay off debts incurred as a result of their mothers illness and death. A battle of wills ensues, culminating in everyone inevitably learning valuable lessons about duty, devotion, trust and love.