Local cast set to return
IF you missed 'Lost in Yonkers' when it was recently staged by Bridge Drama at the National Opera House you will have a second chance to see what is regarded as Neil Simon's finest play, when it returns to the venue on February 12 and 13.
Set in 1942, over a candy store in New York, teenage boys Jay and Arty find their lives turned upside down when their father Eddie, moves away for work leaving them in the care of their strong-willed grandma and their lovable and childlike Aunt Bella. They meet their Uncle Louie, a small time crook and their Aunt Gert who has an unusual affliction.
This brilliantly funny yet touching play observes the influence on a family where love and affection is withheld. Bridge Drama has introduced teenagers Cillian Tobin and Sean Byrne in the roles of Jay and Arty.
Both young actors played roles in the recent popular RTE 1 television drama 'Clean Break' by Billy Roche and are students at the Corish-Wallace School of Performing Arts. Other cast members include: Heather Hadrill (Aunt Bella), Paul Tobin (Eddie and 'real life' father to Cillian), Denise Leahy (Grandma), Pete McCamley (Uncle Louie) and Mairead Ryan (Aunt Gert).
The play is directed by Pat Whelan, his first production since winning Best Director at the All-Ireland Amateur Drama Finals in 2013 for Bridge Drama's production of 'Out of Order'. For booking: www.nationaloperahouse.ie