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Koki Mitani x Neil Simon "Lost in Yonkers"

三谷幸喜×ニール・サイモン「ロスト・イン・ヨンカーズ」

This time, I heard that Koki Mitani directed Neil Simon's work "Lost in Yonkers" for the first time.

I watched a play at KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theater!

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Photo on the right: Photo by Tadashi Oshima

The story is set in Yonkers, New York in 1942 during World War II. The performers are immigrants from Germany who have a painful past.

Mother Mrs. Kurnitz (Mitsuko Kusafue) who stopped smiling because of her. The second daughter, Bella (Miki Nakatani), wants to find happiness as a single woman. dear son

Eddie (Takashi Kobayashi), the eldest son who left them with his mother and is working away from home to pay off his debts, and Louis (Masahiro Matsuoka) who returns home to hide from the local gang.

Gert (Satomi Nagano), who hyperventilates while talking, and Jay, a boy who waits for his father, Eddie, to return from his grandmother, Mrs. Kurnitz.

and Artie (Yosuke Asari, Jingi Irie). The story progresses through the perspective of Eddie's two sons.

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Photo taken by Tadashi Oshima

Jay and Artie are very modern (1940s?), they care about their father, read the atmosphere too much and often make mistakes. A strict grandmother and a high-strung Aunt Bella (the one-piece costume of the time, which changed for each scene, also enhanced Bella's charming charm), and Uncle Louis, who is being chased by a gang and looks a little dangerous (TV I had the impression that he was like an older brother, and he gave teenage boys an aura of admiration as adults, different from their fathers.) The exchanges between Jay, Artie, and my grandmother were comfortable and light in rhythm. In the second act, the eldest daughter Gart appears! I care about Bella while having a situation. Bella confesses her earnest desire to be loved as a woman and confronts her mother head-on. A grandmother who has a painful past and can't be honest. Boys try to close the distance between families who are not able to express their affection well even though they care about each other. Besides the splendor of Mitani's direction, the presence of the actors was wonderful.

 
The dialogue and changes in individual performances were very comfortable, and the stage was like a new work by Mitani, in the world of Neil Simon, whom Mr. Mitani loves so much.
The story of the family, which depicts a clumsy but hard-working figure, is a world that everyone can sympathize with. Recommended!