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"The Lyons" a Funny, Furious Little Tale of Family Annihilation

Monday, February 1, 2016 2:47:00 PM

The Lyons Tells Story of Living and Dying

A Ferociously Dark Yet Endearing Comedy

Weathervane Playhouse presents The Lyons, a play about a family whose dysfunctions all simmer to the surface in a comedy about living and dying. The play tells the raw — yet funny and poignant — account of Ben Lyons, who has lost all inhibitions of manners and decorum as he dies of cancer and his family prepares to go on without him. His wife Rita’s crushing honesty is critical of not only her husband of 40 years but also of their children for their choices and lives as well. 

The Lyons family's dysfunctional dynamics develop with the arrival of each of their grown children, who haven’t been informed of their father’s terminal cancer. The family members’ secrets deepen the story and our understanding of the characters as well as having often cringe-worthy comedy. 

“In The Lyons, Nicky Silver tackles alcoholism, domestic abuse, being gay, and perhaps most relevantly in this technological age, the fear of connecting in person,” said Artistic Director Melanie Pepe.

Due to adult language and themes, The Lyons is not suitable for children.

Directed by Fred Gloor, The Lyons runs from Feb. 4 to 14. Tickets are $22 for adults and $11 for college students. Senior discounts are available on Wednesday, Thursdays and matiness only for $20. CLICK HERE to buy tickets online or call the box office at 330-836-2626. 

The Lyons is presented in Weathervane Playhouse's John L. Dietz Theater, the intimate 50-seat "second stage." All seats are sold on a general admission basis ("first come, first seated"). Typically, seating for each performance begins 30 minutes before curtain. Ticketholders are encouraged to arrive no later than 10 minutes before the performance. Latecomers will not be seated until an appropriate break in the play's action.

The Dietz Theater shows are produced with the generous sponsorship of Margaret J. Dietz. The theater is named in honor of her late son, John. The first production in the Dietz Theater was in January 2005 with Angels in America: Millennium Approaches. Thus began a series of shows ranging from those that required an intimate space to ones with an experimental or avant-garde leaning. Often, due to the shows presented and the small performance space, the Dietz Theater productions have been sold to capacity (with additional performances added to accommodate patrons).

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