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Discover Fauquier October 2019
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In honor of the recently deceased
king of snappy one-liners--the
ever-talented Mr. Neil Simon,
Fauquier Community Theatre (FCT)
has chosen a Neil Simon Comedy
Drama for its fall show. Lost in
Yonkers is considered one of his
best and most effective works, as it
is a deeply moving play full of heart
and emotion.
Director Don Bachmann (from
FCT's Steel Magnolias and Greater
Tuna) has struck a great balance
between poignancy and humor
in this piece about dysfunctional
family dynamics. Bachmann also
designed the intricate set, depicting
a historical traditional living room
from the 1940s.
The action is filtered through the
eyes of two Bronx wise guys,15-
year-old Jay (Cameron Dean) and
his ginger-topped brother, Arty (Jake
Miller), who is two years younger.
In New York City in 1942, Jay and
Arty are forced to live temporarily
with their unwelcoming Grandma
Kunitz (Catherine Stuart) while their
now-widowed father Eddie (Jim
Constable) is forced to take a job on
the road to pay off his wife's medical
debt from a loan shark.
A steely Jewish refugee from
Germany, Grandma lives above her
candy store in Yonkers, but there's
nothing sweet about her--Stuart
plays the loathsome character
very well. Aunt Bella (Rebecca
Heine), also a little kooky, lives with
and takes care of Grandma and
Fauquier Community Theatre
Presents
Lost in Yonkers
is happy to have the boys move
in. Eventually, shady Uncle Louie
(Ricardo Padilla) arrives for a brief
stay in order to evade some equally
shady men who are looking for him,
and the story truly begins to unfold.
Rebecca Heine plays Bella with
great care and tenderness.
And though Grandma is mean and
stubborn at the core, when we finally
are able to investigate her history,
the climax is a beautiful rendering of
the difficult truths that lie at the core
of both women. Dean and Miller
(the two precocious teens) play off
each other very well with their quick
wit and sassiness. Gert (Dawn
Gaynor), another adult sibling, is a
complete Nervous Nellie around her
mother (grandma). Gaynor shows
great talent as she masters Gert's
quirks.
Kudos to costume designer Micki
Lindquist on a change for every one
of the scenes; the ensembles fits
both the period and the characters
very well.
FCT's production of Lost in Yonkers
has nine performances to be held
from October 420. Friday and
Saturday performances are at
7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees
are at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $16
for students and seniors and $18
for adults. More information and
reserved seating for all of the
performances are available online
at
www.FCTstage.org or by calling
(540) 349-8760.
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