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Lost in Yonkers

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,892 Ratings  ·  60 Reviews
Neil Simon’s inimitable play about the trials and tribulations that test family ties – winner of the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for DramaWhat happens to children in the absence of love? That is the question that lies at the heart of this funny and heartrending play by one of America's most acclaimed and beloved playwrights. Debuting at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in 1990, Lost in ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 1st 1993 by Plume (first published 1990)
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Jun 16, 2015 Behzad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
این نمایشنامه شاهکار، و ترجمه ش فاجعه س.
ترجمه ش به این دلایل فاجعه س:
1. شاید خیس کرده (که ینی "شاید خودش رو خیس کرده")ر
2. اون یه چیزی شبیه مشکل تنفسی داشت. (واقعا فارسی تر از این نمیشه جمله ترجمه کرد؟؟)
3. میتونم مثل عمه بلا بزرگ بشم. میتونم تا بیست سال آینده تو کلاس هفتم بمونم (در اینجا گوینده داره میگه که اگه مجبورش کنن پیش عمه بلا بمونه، ممکنه مثل اون کُند ذهن و خنگ بشه و چندین سال کلاس هفتم رو رد بشه. بنابراین به جای "میتونم" بهتر نیست بگیم "ممکنه" یا هرچیز دیگه ای؟ چرا که توانستن نشان از توا
Ian Adams
May 04, 2016 Ian Adams rated it really liked it
I read this book in Performing Arts and I absolutely loved it. Some parts did drag on though but I recommend it if your looking for a play.
Nov 02, 2013 ☯Emily rated it liked it
I'd love to share with you why I thought this play was a great play by Neil Simon. However, as I'm not sure how I might step over Goodread's invisible line for appropriate, on-topic content, I will refrain until such time as the guidelines are made clear, easily accessible, and announced to all members.
Christian Engler
Sep 20, 2013 Christian Engler rated it it was amazing
First and foremost, Neil Simon is a brilliant playright, and Lost in Yonkers is another feather in his cap. Set in Yonkers, New York in 1942 during the second world war, two children-Jay and Artie-must stay for one year (while a debt is being cleared by their father) with their cold-hearted, inflexible, emasculating and miserly Grandmother Kurnitz, a hardened survivor and also a woman whose own inner emotional "icing up" (because of her own uncommunicated tragedy) turned her own kids into a pett ...more
Hannah Addie
Mar 05, 2015 Hannah Addie rated it liked it
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John Tipper
Jan 09, 2015 John Tipper rated it it was amazing
Years ago a drama teacher said in one of my workshops Neil Simon was "our greatest living playwright," which I found a little strange at the time, having thought Simon as almost a gag writer. Not to say I consider comedy as non-valuable, but it was that I associated Simon as a light comedy writer. Later I remembered seeing and liking some of the films of his: Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues and The Out-of-Towners. Most of his movies are adapted plays.

There's a lot to be said for Lost in Yon
Jun 25, 2014 Eli rated it really liked it
The paperback "Lost in Yonkers" is not quite as immersive as a staged performance would be, but don't let that fool you... Neil Simon's play is still a well-executed portrayal of a dysfunctional family. Even more impressive is Simon's ability to balance good news and bad news, keeping his play equal parts comedy and tragedy.

In "Lost in Yonkers," Jay and Arty Kurnitz's broke father is forced to leave them with their formidable grandmother while he travels the country to repay his debts. Readers a
Feb 13, 2014 Boni rated it really liked it
Shelves: pulitzer-drama, drama
This is the 1991 Pulitzer Prize's winning play.

After his wife dies, Eddie is stuck with loans spent for hospitalization. To pay his loans, he has to accept a job that necessitates him to travel to different southern states. He has one problem: he needs to leave his two boys, Jay and Arty Kumitz, to his stern and imperious mother in Yonkers, NewYork.

His mother is a strict disciplinarian because she of the atrocities she experienced in Germany. This causes for her children to be dysfunctional. G
Mar 16, 2011 Megan rated it really liked it
This funny and wrenching Neil Simon play will win your heart. Two teenage boys are forced to live with their tough, cranky German grandmother and other dsyfunctional relatives. Some memorable lines:
"Ma always knew what was goin' on. She could tell if there was salt missin' from a pretzel."
"Did you know you could love somebody who died before you were born?"
"I'm afraid of her Jay. A horse fell on her when she was a kid and she hasn't taken an aspirin yet."
Dylan Kawalec
May 14, 2015 Dylan Kawalec rated it it was amazing
This book made me laugh out loud at so many moments! And made me almost cry due to the horror of the situation. The dialogue shocks you, and makes you cringe in your seat while you read. A play that not only must me read but seen to experience the beauty of this drama. It's full of moments that make you want to step in and help out, and moments where you're afraid grandma may step in and whack your head at any moment. A truly believable and fun read, I can't help but give this a five star rating ...more
Oct 30, 2014 Kourosh rated it really liked it
عمه بلاي دوست داشتني!
تو اين روزي كه نمايشنامه رو ميخوندم، تو هر صحنه از هر پرده، يه نگاه جديد و متفاوت نسبت به مادربزرگ رو از كاراكترا دريافت مي كردم؛ لوئي، بلا، جي، ادي... اين جذاب ترين بخش اين اثر شوخ طبع و روان براي من بود.
Jul 15, 2014 Albert rated it it was ok

It was worth reading, it had some weak points though.

Where Simon excelled in good chemistry and emotional writing

I think he did not do so well in action.
The whole play takes place in one house.
Which is good, but he has to know how to use that one place and not make it get boring fast

Ibsen and Checkov have both done similar settings but the plot is so good that we do not care.

This one has some jokes and some tears, but all in all, you can't really classify it as a tragicomedy, not ev
Aug 05, 2015 Gara rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this drama. As many have said, it is not really a humorous story. Simon captures a significant moment in a family, and documents where the characters were before, and how they evolved. I particularly liked the relationship between the two brothers. Is the family dysfunctional? Absolutely, but their relationships continue to shape them regardless. Would love to see them 20 years later, to see the impact this moment had on the rest of their lives.
May 23, 2015 Pinky rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-15
How do you get over what has hurt you in the past without hurting others? This play examines how a family is affected by tragedy and how each and every member struggles to overcome the past in order to move forward. Set just prior to and during the beginning stages of WWII. Two young boys who have recently lost their mother are sent to live with their cold, unfeeling grandmother and the family starts to open up.
Haley Kane
Mar 08, 2014 Haley Kane rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite things about Simon's writing is his ability to create a classic period piece that, through it's wit and brutal honesty, remains relevant in the lives of readers today. This trait is beautifully exemplified in Lost in Yonkers, a play I read in one sitting (and about two cups of tea). Looking forward to re-reading it a number of times in the near future :)
Feb 22, 2014 Victoria rated it liked it
This play was pretty good, but really the only reason I read it is because I had to for a class. I feel like watching it be preformed would be a lot better than just reading over it. You could get some of the emotion that was suppose to be in the play, but not all of it. If you like plays, go ahead and read this, if not, then don't spend the time on it.
Jun 08, 2014 Stacey rated it liked it
Interesting play I read. I hope to see this in theatre one day. Will the two brothers influence their quirky and dysfunctional family for the better? What does Jay and Arty learn by living with their harsh grandma who has suffered great loss and a bitter and cold attitude? Will these boys bring the love and life into their grandma's life?
Mar 12, 2014 Joan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am not a major fan of the play, and it was a read to organize for a production. I'd have to reread it to decide if I really liked the story line.
But I do love Mama.
Apr 16, 2009 Chris rated it it was ok
The original production of this must have been amazing or just came out in a slow year theatrically. How else did this play win both the Tony and Pulitzer? In written form at least it is a rather straight-forward, plain play. This falls into the more "heartfelt" category of Simon's plays so humor isn't at center stage. This is one of those plays that explains why everyone is the way they are with a simple one-sentence explaination and complexity is thrown aside. This could be fixed with some goo ...more
Apr 27, 2008 Laura rated it it was ok
I remember this play being performed at my high school, and I remember it being a very good play. I credit the interesting and quirky characters and the outstanding actors who played those characters. Reading this play as an adult left me disappointed. By the end, I thought, "Really? That's it?" There are a ton of serious issues that flit by on the surface in this book, but nothing is really resolved at the end. Sure, Bella establishes some autonomy and confronts her ragingly narcissistic mother ...more
Maryam F
May 17, 2015 Maryam F rated it liked it
** من تصمیم گرفتم احساسات رو کنار بگذارم، چون دیگه نمی تونستم از دست دادن رو تحمل کنم
** هر چیز خوبی رو توی زندگی به دست بیاری، یه چیز دیگه رو هم از دست می دی
Brittany Petruzzi
Jul 14, 2012 Brittany Petruzzi rated it liked it
Shelves: tony-winners, plays
This is an exceptionally well-written play. You could check off all of Aristotle's elements of theater: it's got well-structured action, three-dimensional characters who have their own unique voices, a distinct theme having to do with the effects of love an loss, and room for stirring visuals. It's even funny at points.

And yet.

It just doesn't work. There are no real bad guys and the only good guys are the kids who haven't had time to become screwed up yet, though you sense that it is inevitable
Dec 15, 2015 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Very good play. I enjoyed the relationship with the grandmother and the grandson's. I can empathize with them.
Stella Grimaldi
Jun 14, 2015 Stella Grimaldi rated it it was amazing
Even without having ever seen the play performed live, reading it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience
Emma Iadanza
Let me say - I played the German grandmother and I loved yelling at everyone with an accent!

It was a very nice play. It was fun to read aloud! I don't really have anything else to mention... it could have been better; I mean, nobody actually gets lost in Yonkers...
Apr 06, 2016 Katie rated it it was amazing
My favorite Neil Simon work. Must read for young adult females.
Feb 02, 2010 Brenda rated it liked it
Two young boys must stay with their grandmother while their father travels for work. They learn about family and family secrets as their authoritarian grandmother, mentally-challenged aunt and shady uncle interact.

A solid work from Neil Simon. I saw it several years ago in Los Angeles and enjoyed it. I think, personally, I've just been exposed to too many plays that push the envelope to thoroughly appreciate this type of work. The one scene that still holds up for me occurs late in the play, bet
Heidi Mcjunkin
Jul 08, 2015 Heidi Mcjunkin rated it it was amazing
Fantastic play!
May 21, 2016 Destiny rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Oct 16, 2011 Justin rated it it was amazing
Neil Simon has a tremendously acute ear for language, particularly in the colloquial sense; he is a sort of Jewish Steinbeck for the American stage. The delicacy with which he develops his characters, relying on very little in terms of dramatic devices or driving plot, is evocative. Here is poetry in simplicity, power in the familiar––a great play overall, and some particularly juicy roles for women (read: icy, emotionally cauterized Grandma, and Bella, full of wonder and regret.)
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Marvin Neil Simon is an American playwright and screenwriter. He is one of the most reliable hitmakers in Broadway history, as well as one of the most performed playwrights in the world. Though primarily a comic writer, some of his plays, particularly the Eugene Trilogy and The Sunshine Boys, reflect on the twentieth century Jewish-American experience.
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