The Lyons by Nicky Silver
by Nicky Silver
Directed by Billy Christopher Maupin
Starring Alan Sader, Jacqueline Jones, Lucian Restivo, Matt Hackman, Patricia Alli, and Sara Heifetz
January 15 - February 7, 2015
(Preview January 15; Opening January 16)
at Richmond Triangle Players
1300 Altamont Ave.
Part of the 2014 Acts of Faith Festival
The Lyons starts in a hospital room. As Ben Lyons lies dying, his wife of forty years, Rita, flips through decorating magazines, planning a living room make-over. "I know you won't actually be there to enjoy it, but I'd like to think you'd like it." It's clear Ben and Rita have been at war for many years, and that Ben's impending demise has brought no relief. When they're joined by their children, Lisa and Curtis, all efforts at a pleasant visit or a sentimental goodbye to the dying patriarch are soon abandoned. Terrible secrets and vicious accusations replace sentimental memories. In Act Two we follow Curtis. His desperate attempt to make a new connection ends so disastrously that the remaining Lyons are reunited at the hospital. We watch as each of them takes the first tentative steps toward new human connection.
"Hilariously frank, clear-sighted, compassionate and forgivinglaughter that rises in close and regular wavesSure, from a distance the title characters of The Lyonsare hilarious as they kick the ego out of one another. But look at them closeno, closerand you're likely to find an intimate mirror of your own frightened selfWelcome to Broadway at last, Mr. Silver. And might I add that that this cozy-but-nasty family portrait is just the right vehicle to bring you here?" NY Times
"Silver's humor is mordant, dark and rich. He's a writer who knows all too well the unsaid hurt that can infect families." Associated Press
"Black-comedy perfection." Hollywood Reporter
"Silver's in top formAs comedy about death, The Lyons isn't trying to make a case for freshness or formal innovation. It's simply trying tell a funny, furious little tale of family annihilation with honesty, savagery, and humanity, a story about how we all, ultimately, pick out our own urns. It succeeds marvelously." NY Magazine
"Smart and funny and moving." NY Observer
About the Playwright
Nicky's plays include eight which have premiered at Vineyard Theatre: The Lyons (Broadway), Pterodactyls (Oppenheimer Award, Kesselring Award, Drama Desk nom, Outer Critics Circle nom), Raised in Captivity (Drama Desk nom, Outer Critics Circle nom), The Eros Trilogy, The Maiden's Prayer, My Marriage to Ernest Borgnine (Vineyard Lab Production), The Altruists, Beautiful Child and The Agony and the Agony (Vineyard Lab Production). Other notable plays include Three Changes (Playwrights Horizons), The Food Chain (Broadway, Outer Critics Circle nom), Fat Men in Skirts, Fit to Be Tied, Free Will and Wanton Lust (Helen Hayes Award), the new book for the Broadway revival of the Rodgers and Hart musical, The Boys from Syracuse, and more.
Photo by Steve Wagner Photography for Dobama Theatre, Cleveland Heights, OH.
Richmond Triangle Players
1300 Altamont Avenue
Richmond, VA 23230
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