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Meet “The Lyons” – secrets and lies, fangs, claws and all

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Meet “The Lyons” – secrets and lies, fangs, claws and all

Meet “The Lyons” – secrets and lies, fangs, claws and all (review)

* * * stars (out of 4) | Dark comedy

By Lisa Kennedy

Denver Post Theater Critic

“I think of myself as a fighter,” playwright Nicky Silver said in an interview with Sarah Stern, co-artistic director of New York’s Vineyard Theatre, which has mounted a number of Silver’s works, starting with his 1993 breakthrough “Pterodactyls.”

“I experience life as an endless slugfest,” he added.

No kidding, you may respond, after seeing his combative comedy “The Lyons” on stage at the Vintage Theatre, through March 9.

Ben Lyons is dying. When he reminds wife Rita of this sorry fact, lying in a nondescript hospital room, she replies tartly, barely looking up from the home décor magazine she thumbs a little too furiously, “I know, but try to be positive.”