Monday, October 19, 2009

Quick Hit: At Lost!

Performance: Lost in Yonkers
: Theater J, 1529 16th Street NW
Metro Stops: Dupont Circle – Red line or U Street/Cardozo-Green line. Directions here.
Genre: Jewish, but not too Jewish
PWYC Oct 21 and 22, $30 preview Oct 24 and 25 matinee, all tickets are half price for people 35 and under (and the Sunday shows are only $30 to begin with). Goldstar has tickets starting at $12.50
We're going: Not sure yet. Let us know when you want to go.

They say: In a remarkable coming-of-age story that won 4 Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize, two brothers are left to fend for themselves in a dysfunctional household with their formidable immigrant grandmother, sweet but simple-minded aunt and a hoodlum of an uncle. This classic American tale is simultaneously comic and poignant.

We say: Theater J's production of Neil Simon's Pulitzer Prize winning play looks like it has potential. We attended the season preview event and caught a glimpse of the very young Max Talisman in action. During the discussion at that event, there was a lively debate about what gives a play Jewish content and how much "Jewish" needs to be in a play for it to make Theater J's list. There was obviously no consensus on these more rhetorical questions, but there was a consensus that for potential patron who might be concerned that plays at Theater J are too "Jew-y," Lost in Yonkers might be a good way to ease into their season. Theater J also frequently hosts talk-backs and post-show discussions. Check out the schedule here.

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