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Get Lost in Langley Players’ latest offering

Brandon Smith, left, as Arthur, Ashley Sutton as Bella and Ryan Robinson as Jay are central characters in the Langley Players latest production
Brandon Smith, left, as Arthur, Ashley Sutton as Bella and Ryan Robinson as Jay are central characters in the Langley Players latest production 'Lost in Yonkers.'
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Audiences, prepare to be swept away into a dysfunctional household in New York this spring.

Langley Players’ latest production, Lost in Yonkers, will run from April 7 to May 7 at the playhouse on 200 Street.

A bittersweet family comedy,  the story, by famed playwright Neil Simon is both poignant and comical.

Set in Yonkers, New York during the Second World War, it follows the story of two brothers who are sent to live with their grandmother, aunt and uncle in what can only be described as an eccentric household, while their father travels out of the city to find work. 

“It is a very high quality production,” said Leslie Gaudette, secretary of the club. 

“The actors have all been working on their accents so they all sound like they’re from Yonkers. 

“And we have some wonderful costumes and some songs and musical selections from that time period to help tell the story.”

Lost in Yonkers is considered to be one of Simon’s best works, having won four Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize when it first came debuted on Broadway in 1991. 

The role of Arthur will be played by Brandon Smith,  Louie by Nigel Vonas, Jay by Ryan Robinson, Eddie by Peter Godard and  Bella, by Ashley Sutton. 

“The community seems to be really happy with the shows this season and so this is going to be another great show to see,” said Gaudette.

Now in its 42nd season, the Langley Players Drama Club has been producing plays since 1969. 

Operating on a volunteer basis, they mount three productions a year —  in the fall, winter and spring. 

Gaudette has been volunteering with the club for just over five years.

“I love how it’s very creative. It gets your brain working in a different way and it’s a really good group of people to work with,” she said. 

Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. for Sunday matinees. 

Tickets are $15, and be must be reserved in advance by calling 604-534-7469 or emailing reservations@langleyplayers.com.

 

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