Nicky Silver's Lyons, Led by Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa, Opens in NYC; Extension to Nov. 11 Announced

By Kenneth Jones
11 Oct 2011

Linda Lavin
Linda Lavin
Photo by Carol Rosegg

Nicky Silver, chronicler of dark dysfunction in such plays as Raised in Captivity and Pterodactyls, conjures another fractured family — The Lyons — in his new play that opens Oct. 11 following previews from Sept. 22 at Off-Broadway's Vineyard Theatre. Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa are the leaders of the pride.

The Vineyard announced an extension to Nov. 11. It was orginally to close Oct. 30. Mark Brokaw (Cry-Baby, The Dying Gaul, How I Learned to Drive, The Long Christmas Ride Home) stages the darkly comic work starring Tony Award winner Lavin (Other Desert Cities, Collected Stories, Broadway Bound) as Rita, Tony winner Latessa (Hairspray) as Ben, Michael Esper (American Idiot, Intelligent Homosexual's Guide…) as son Curtis, Kate Jennings Grant (the 2009 Broadway revival of Guys and Dolls, as well as Proof) as daughter Lisa, Gregory Wooddell (Some Men in Philadelphia) as Brian and Brenda Pressley (original Broadway cast of Dreamgirls) as a nurse.

The world premiere is billed this way by the Vineyard: "The Lyons — Silver's seventh new play to premiere at The Vineyard — is an outrageously funny and stirring work about a family grappling with the impending death of its patriarch. When Ben Lyons' wife, Rita, and their grown children gather to say goodbye, they learn that despite being a family, each of them is utterly isolated. Afraid of closeness and afraid of solitude, they are propelled into foreign territory — human connection."

The design team includes Allen Moyer (scenic design), David Lander (lighting design), Michael Krass (costume design) and David Van Tieghem (original music and sound design).



Silver is the author of Raised in Captivity (Drama Desk nomination, Outer Critics Circle nomination), Pterodactyls (Oppenheimer Award, Kesselring Award, Drama Desk nomination, Outer Critics Circle nomination), The Food Chain (Outer Critics Circle nomination), The Eros Trilogy, Fit to Be Tied, The Maiden's Prayer, Free Will and Wanton Lust (Helen Hayes Award), The Altruists and Three Changes.

Vineyard is at 108 E. 15th Street. Performances are Tuesdays at 7 PM, Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 PM and Saturdays and Sundays at 3 PM. Tickets are $70 and $100 and can be purchased online at www.vineyardtheatre.org, or by calling the box office at (212) 353-0303.

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Douglas Aibel is artistic director of the Vineyard Theatre, Jennifer Garvey-Blackwell is executive producer, Sarah Stern is co-artistic director and Rebecca Habel is managing director.