In between marching up Broadway and rallying in Times Square on Saturday, I stopped by the Vineyard Theatre with a friend to see Nicky Silver’s new play, The Lyons. Of course I was drawn to the show because of Michael Esper, but also because the Vineyard is a solid theatre company that I’ve been a fan of since 2004.
The Lyons beings in the hospital room of a man (played by the incomparable Dick Latessa) dying from cancer and his wife (hilariously played by Linda Lavin), who is trying to decide how to re-decorate their living room even though, as Lavin says, her husband “won’t be around to see it.” Eventually their two children (Michael Esper and Kate Jennings Grant) arrive and are told the news that their father is dying. Secrets are revealed, family members are betrayed, and in a shocking turn of events, Lavin has some pretty big news for her children the week after their father dies.
Some theatre fans could have their dreams fulfilled after The Lyons when they’ve finally heard Latessa exclaim, “motherfucker!” multiple times. The first rate cast gives solid performances all around. I always love watching Michael Esper in whatever role he takes on, but he was especially breaking in Act 2 of The Lyons. I don’t want to give away too much of the plot, but The Lyons is definitely worth a viewing.
The Lyons is playing at the Vineyard Theatre on East 15th Street through November 20th. Click here for more information.