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Guild's ‘Yonkers’ rehearsals under way

Reservations being taken for spring play

Published: Monday, March 18, 2013 10:29 a.m. CST

The Morris Theatre Guild, Inc. has begun rehearsals and is taking reservations for its spring production of “Lost in Yonkers.”

By America’s great comic playwright, Neil Simon, this memory play is set in Yonkers in 1942.

The story: Bella is 35-years-old, mentally challenged and living at home with her mother, stern Grandma Kurnitz. As the play opens, ne’er-do-well son Eddie deposits his two young sons on the old lady’s doorstep. He is financially strapped and taking to the road as a salesman. The boys are left to contend with Grandma, Bella, her secret romance, Louie, her brother, a small-time hoodlum in a strange new world called Yonkers.

The cast consists of both veteran and new guild members, including Ryan Nichols and Josh Wren, both of Minooka; Andrea Gustafson, Dylan Obrochta, and Mathew Root, all of Morris; Michelle Vrtis of Ottawa; and Mary Lerner of Wilmington. The production is directed by Jim Welch of Morris and assisted by Tim Atchison of Plainfield.

“Lost in Yonkers” opens on Friday, May 3. The production continues on May 4, 5, 10 and 11, and closes on Sunday, May 12 (Mother’s Day). All Friday and Saturday evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m., and both Sunday matinee performances will begin at 2:30 p.m.

Ticket prices for adults are $12 each if reserved by email or phone or purchased online, and $15 each if purchased at the door. For those age 13 and under, or students able to show their ID, the ticket price for email, phone, or online reservations are $10.00. Otherwise, the adult price applies. Groups of 10 or more people making a reservation by phone will receive a 10 percent discount off the total ticket price. All seating is first-come, first-served. There are no refunds.

Reservations can be made by emailing Randy Lowery at, calling the theatre at (815) 942-1966, or online at the guild’s website of All unpaid reservations will be held until a half hour before the production begins and then they will be released if needed.

For house buy-outs or other information, please call the theatre at (815) 942-1966.

“Lost in Yonkers” is presented with permission from Samuel French, Inc., to whom royalties are paid. The Morris Theatre Guild, Inc. is a not-for-profit community theatre with a website at

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