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Spectators impressed by ‘Lost In Yonkers’

By Robert Deckert
Staff Writer

Montana Repertory Theatre presented Neil Simon’s award winning play, “Lost in Yonkers,” on April 5 at the Givens Performance Arts Center.            

Directed by Kara-Lynn Vaeni, the play is about two boys who are left in the charge of their Grandmother Kurnitz (played by Suzy Hunt) while their father is away earning money. They meet the rest of their peculiar family as they are raised under the same iron fist their father and aunts were.

The seven cast members performed the play in the scenery of Grandma Kurnitz’s house, in Yonkers, NY, 1942.            

“The setting was very professional and period,” spectator Jane Hersch said.

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1991. Simon also won a Tony Award for Best Play  the same year. The Montana Rep Company is based at The University of Montana in Missoula and has been touring for 39 years.            
The company has presented more than 450 plays from California to New York. Some of the other plays include “Death of a Salesman,” “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “The Diary of Anne Frank.”

“It was really great,” sophomore Raymond Pearson said. “It felt like being the audience to an actual TV show.”


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