Set during World War II, the play tells the story of two young boys who are sent to live with their domineering grandmother after their mother's death. Grandma Kurnitz rules
her roost with an iron fist. Caught in her grasp is the boys' lovely Aunt Bella, who has the mind of a child and the dreams of a woman. But when Uncle Louie, a small-time gangster with plenty of "moxie" arrives, everyone gets a surprising chance at happiness. Simultaneously poignant and funny, this is Neil Simon at his very best.