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Sundown, Yellow Moon

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Members say: Great acting, Slow, Disappointing, Resonant, Absorbing

About the show

Ars Nova and WP Theater (Women’s Project Theater) present the world premiere of Rachel Bonds' play with music about twin sisters, featuring songs by Brooklyn indie-rock duo The Bengsons. More…

While navigating the unsettling waters of young adulthood, twin sisters return home to find their father in a moment of crisis. Under the cover of late-night, small-town shadows, sleep is elusive, connections are frayed, and the Southern summer heat presses in. An ethereal, honest, funny-sad show about seeing old faces with new eyes, and the liminal space between loss and letting go.


Member Reviews (71)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Slow, Disappointing, Resonant, Absorbing
73
Avg Score

35
Excruciating, Aimless, Boring, Misleading, Insipid

See it if Just don't! The only saving grace here are the sets, lighting and sound.

Don't see it if Mindbogglingly pointless. Poses no questions, offers no point of view, finishes nothing it starts.

Also This was a get-me-out-of-here play. ... Read more Read less

25
Boring, Unfocused, Pointless, Excruciating, Slow

See it if You like SLOW dramas that don't have much to say with very uninteresting characters.

Don't see it if Didn't care about any characters & the story wanders aimlessly with no payoff. The musical numbers add nothing but minutes to the runtime

Also I found the whole experience rather frustrating. Not much happens- I c... Read more Read less

94
Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Great singing, Relevant

See it if You want to see a unique and intimate story. All of the actors were terrific. I loved the way that music was used in the story.

Don't see it if ...You like big production values. I thought the set was very clever and was all that was needed, but it is simple.

Also The show is 95 minutes with no intermission. There is an elevator for ... Read more Read less

71
Slow but lyrical, Meandering, Delicately acted, Grows on you.

See it if You don't mind a play that hints at stories that never get resolved. This one explores relationships/loneliness and unrealized dreams.

Don't see it if You want action, story arcs, fast-paced drama. Don't like Southern summer nights w some folk music. I liked it by the end-it grew on me.

Also This play requires that you accept its slow pace and are interested in... Read more Read less

75
Intelligent, Absorbing, Resonant

See it if you like new interesting theatre with good actors in it.

Don't see it if you like traditional story telling

80
Enchanting, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you like exploring real characters and how they cope with their aspirations and to others.

Don't see it if you prefer shows with action.

Also Set is elevated so don't sit too close to the front or you will strain... Read more Read less

65
Slow, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if You like slice of life drama's that don't resolve and have the patience of mathusala. Lovely ensemble acting, but the pace was painful.

Don't see it if You want conflict to resolve itself, appreciate reasonable pacing. You are expecting a traditional musical. The music was a "side note" ;-)

Also It was a shame the material was so weak. The actors all were working h... Read more Read less

69
Absorbing, Entertaining, Slow, Thought-provoking, Roaming

See it if you like exploration of character - meandering, roaming, interesting, more like an exercise than a play

Don't see it if you are looking for linear, play with a punch or a strong story

79
Melancolic, Great acting, Resonant, Sincere, Uneasy

See it if to see how characters try to connect and don't connect with each other

Don't see it if if you prefer energetic dramas to quieter ones

80
Great music, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you like, sweet, simple stories of family, people making it and not. The music is lovely and enhances the production.

Don't see it if you've had enough slices of life.

75
Great acting, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you like simple stories, sweetly told. Great performances and smart design make it an interesting watch.

Don't see it if ultimately, it doesn't hold together well as drama. The narrative threads don't really hold together in the end, sadly.

63
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Slow, Predictable

See it if You want to snooze among the indulgent.

Don't see it if You want to be moved, energized, entertained, enlightened.

80
Sensitive, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Lovely original songs

See it if you like sensitive writing (Rachel Bond) and focus on relationships vs.plot. Strong cast, great directing...funny-sad songs by the Bengsons.

Don't see it if you want fluff or big production values. Intimate play in an intimate setting. Worth it just for the music.

Also Upstairs theater with limited elevator access. Not for those who find ... Read more Read less

59
Slow, Great set, great lighting

See it if you enjoy slow shows where you are fishing for a meaning or point to it all

Don't see it if you don't enjoy a plot with little emotional impact or provoking thoughts

Also music was great, and the last scenes were great, there seemed to actua... Read more Read less

90
Enchanting, Great acting, Slow, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you don't mind a long, slow amble through a series of summer nights, in which nothing happens and everything happens and redemption happens.

Don't see it if You need a lot of plot, action or twists. This is a very low key work.

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you like strong character development, moving stories, great acting an meticulous directing.

Don't see it if you don't want to be moved.

98
Great acting, Great singing, Intelligent

See it if You like well written, thoughtful drama. This family story was moving and entertaining. The music was lovely. The acting was terrific.

Don't see it if You prefer lighthearted theater. You don't like family dramas.

94
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy true to life drama with interesting music incorporated into the play.

Don't see it if You need earphones when you go to the theater.Some of the dialogue is hard to hear.

86
Clever, Enchanting, Great singing, Intelligent

See it if you like shows that are thoughtful

Don't see it if if you want a large revue

92
Compassionate, absorbing and moving

See it if You yearn for theater that moves you, where actors live their roles and the border between theater and life dissolves in compassionate words

Don't see it if You want to sit back and be distant and observe theater as amusing or entertaining, but you don't want to be moved or touched or saddened.

Also This play is so powerfully compassionate it breaks your heart but clea... Read more Read less

61
Confusing, Great singing, Great staging, Slow

See it if you like thought provoking shows that are about people more than any other kind of plot

Don't see it if you fall asleep easily in shows or don't like slow and quiet shows.

74
Confusing, Great acting, Disappointing, Great staging, Quirky

See it if you like thoughtful dramas that meander a bit; or think about art and the meaning of life in dramatic form.

Don't see it if you are expecting the music to push the show forward.

Also This is a moving but puzzling show. It gets off to a great start but t... Read more Read less

50
Disappointing

See it if You have nothing better to do , have low expectations ... ( I enjoyed the song toward the end !!!)

Don't see it if There are other shows you haven't seen it !!!

75
Ambitious, Dated, Indulgent

See it if iyou don't need a plot and are content with unconnected scenes

Don't see it if you think tangentially related threads do not make a play

Also The playwright has a strong sense of poetry as well as creating intere... Read more Read less

65
Banal, Slow, Lackluster, Fine, Bearable

See it if you enjoy country/folk music and do not mind chestnutty plays

Don't see it if you hate chestnutty plays and need more sticking points for narrative and emotional development


March 14th, 2017
"A beautifully acted production, directed with probing sensitivity by Anne Kauffman...How these people connect — and don’t — is given exquisitely tentative and awkward physical life...The cast is expert at conveying the self-consciousness that comes with such bumbling attempts. Each performer eli...
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March 14th, 2017
"Rachel Bonds’s short-storyish drama has lovely moments of reconnection, rendered with aching understatement by an excellent cast...As a whole, the play—which includes several original songs by the indie-folk duo the Bengsons—is oddly shaped and weighted, with a denouement that doesn't seem suppo...
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March 15th, 2017
"Bonds knows her characters inside and out, but so do we. This coming-of-age story never really enlightens the audience with new insight...It's a shame, since there is so much promise in the work. Bonds has otherwise created a series of intriguingly flawed characters, played with nuance by the se...
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March 17th, 2017
“Insistently, maddeningly elliptical, 'Sundown, Yellow Moon' is the stuff of a short story, or perhaps a novel -- not a satisfying drama. Everything is mentioned in passing and nothing is developed in Bond's script, with far too much of its brief, ninety-minute running time taken up with songs, b...
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