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Lost in Yonkers Lesson Plan

Introduction to Lost in Yonkers

Lost in Yonkers is a play by Neil Simon, a highly acclaimed work that bridged his career into the 1990s and established his reputation as one of America’s major playwrights of the latter 20th century. In the '60s and '70s, Simon's reputation had been as a comic writer, with productions like comedies like Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, Sweet Charity, and Plaza Suite.

Lost in Yonkers is not without its comedic character, but it also contends with more serious subject matter. Set in 1942, the play tells the story of the Kurnitzes, a Jewish family living in Yonkers, and owners of a candy store. The central focus is on Jay and Arty, two brothers and sons of Eddie Kurnitz. A short time...

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