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The Group Rep’s “LOST IN YONKERS” – a hit!

The Group Rep presents “Lost in Yonkers” at the Lonny Chapman Theatre playing through October 22 in the NoHo Arts District.


Written by Neil Simon

Directed by Larry Eisenberg

Producer for the Group Rep is Doug Haverty

The Group Rep’s latest play is a winner, full stop!!!  Neil Simon’s “LOST IN YONKERS” gives us everything we want in a play. 

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With a great script full of humor, poignancy, and tenderness, director Larry Eisenberg has brought all these wonderful qualities together with a great cast and stunning direction.

Neil Simon is an amazing playwright and storyteller, and “LOST IN YONKERS” has Jay and Arty, teenagers who have been told they must move in with Grandma (Loraine Shields) so their father, Eddie (Patrick Burke), can go find work to pay off a loan shark.  Jay (Bennett Saltzman) is the bold, older brother to Arty (Brent Anthony/Ethan Rockwell).  Grandma is that stern, German grandmother who is emphatic that she doesn’t want her grandsons moving in with her.  Enter Eddie’s sister Bella (Roslyn Cohn).  Bella is happy, kind, spirited and simple-minded.  And Bella is the one who brings this wacky, yet very normal family together.  Louie (Van Boudreaux), is Eddie’s mobster brother, and Gert (Julie Davis), their sister who brings a bit of normality to the family, or maybe not.  Don’t we all have families with wacky relatives?  That’s what makes families normal.

The cast’s performances are amazing. 

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Roslyn Cohn is outstanding!!!  Loraine Shields is outstanding!!! Bennett Saltzman is a newcomer to the Group Rep and outstanding, and hopefully, we will be seeing more of him.  Patrick Burke, Van Boudreaux, Julie Davis and Brent Anthony (who was in the opening) are all fantastic.  As usual, GRT has great sets by Chris Winfield, great costumes by Angela M. Eads, great lighting and sound.  Everything about this play is wonderful.

I thoroughly enjoyed this play.  In fact, I loved it!!!  I laughed, I cried.  It left me wanting more.  We are so fortunate we have such wonderful theatre in North Hollywood.  “LOST IN YONKERS” is a MUST see.


Cast:  Brent Anthony, Van Boudreaux, Patrick Burke, Roslyn Cohn, Julie Davis, Ethan Rockwell, Bennett Saltzman and Loraine Shields.  Understudies:  Michele Bernath, Anna Gion, Stephen Rockwell

Director:  Larry Eisenberg

Producer for the Group Rep:  Doug Haverty

Assistant Director:  Patrick Burke

Dialect Coach:  Glenda Morgan Brown

Production Stage Manager:  Natalia Santamaria

Set Design:  Chris Winfield

Lighting Design:  Addison Calvin

Costume Design:  Angela M Eads

Hair & Wig Design:  Judi Lewin

Sound Design:  Steve Shaw

Prop Master:  Tianka McAdory

Public Relations:  Nora Feldman

Graphic Design:  Doug Haverty + Art & Soul Design

Marketing:  Cynthia Howe

Program:  Drina Durazo

The Lonny Chapman Theatre

10900 Burbank Blvd

North Hollywood, CA 91606



Runs:  September 8  –  October 22, 2017

Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm;  Sundays at 2:00 pm

Talk-back Sundays:  September 17th and October 8th 

Tickets:  $25;   Seniors/Students w/ID:  $20;    Groups 10+:  $15

Buy Ticketswww.thegrouprep.com  or  info@thegrouprep.com

Reservation Line:  818-763-5990

Running time:  Approximately 125 minutes plus 15 minute intermission

Appropriate for ages 6 and up




Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros

Author: Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros

Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros is a British writer and filmmaker living In Los Angeles.

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Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros is a British writer and filmmaker living In Los Angeles.