HENRY — Corbin Shaver (Jay) and Luke Bowen (Arty) are having a ball while working hard preparing for the upcoming production of “Lost in Yonkers” at River Valley Players in Henry.
Jay (15 1/2) and Arty (13 1/2) start out just trying to survive the sweltering heat of “Hot House Grandma” while they sit perspiring and impatiently waiting for their father, Eddie Kurnitz (Michael Mendola), to finish talking with their grandmother. These two brothers have no idea what is about to transpire.
Luke’s impeccable comedic timing sets the stage for Arty’s honest outlook on life and allows him to deliver a load of laughs regardless of the weighty problems at hand. Jay’s desire to be the more mature older brother causes him to take himself much too seriously and often lands himself in some pretty hilarious moments as he works double-time to talk himself out of trouble. The chemistry on stage between Arty and Jay is enough to cause their parents to question whether or not they are actually brothers in real life.
“Lost in Yonkers” is an amazing story and one that everyone can relate to. Neil Simon is known as one of America’s greatest playwrights. During a 1997 interview with Mike Wood, Simon said, “‘Lost in Yonkers’ is a favorite of mine, first because I think it is the deepest play. ...” Neil Simon goes on to share how the story was built around the four main characters and how they became so incredibly dysfunctional through their stern mother’s teaching them to survive rather than to live.
“Lost in Yonkers” opens on Saturday, April 27, with continued performances on Sunday, April 28; Friday, May 3; Saturday, May 4; and Sunday, May 5 at St. John’s Community Center, 1301 Second St. in Henry.
Tickets for Saturday and Sunday performance are $35, which includes a meal served prior to the performance catered by The Meeting Place, featuring a buffet-style dinner, a salad bar, a dessert, coffee and three beverages. Saturday meals are served at 6:30 p.m. Sunday meals are served at 12:30 p.m.
Doors open 30 minutes prior to dinner show performances.
Friday, May 3, offers a show only option. Concessions will be available for purchase. Doors open 45 minutes prior to the performance. Arrive early to choose from an array of desserts and beverages.
The show contains some adult language and themes.
For tickets, visit www.rvphenry.org or call 309-238-7878.