Sundown, Yellow Moon
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Sundown, Yellow Moon
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Sundown, Yellow Moon NYC Reviews and Tickets

73%
(71 Reviews)
Positive
68%
Mixed
28%
Negative
4%
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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.

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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. Read more

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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 Read more

Critic Reviews (14)

The New York Times
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 elicits a poignant eloquence from silence. Sometimes, though, those silences are filled with the irresistibly plaintive tones of down-home folk songs."
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Time Out New York
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 supported by what proceeds it. But although it doesn’t quite come together in the end, it casts a slender, evocative light."
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Theatermania
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 seven-member company...But the show really belongs to Friedman...Friedman's astonishing slow burn is the almost irrevocably broken heart of the entire piece."
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Lighting & Sound America
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, by The Bengsons, which fail to illuminate the action. Anne Kauffman's direction can do nothing to impose any order on these shambling proceedings.”
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Theatre is Easy
March 14th, 2017

"With a meandering plot line and slow pacing, 'Sundown, Yellow Moon' is like a beautiful, thoughtful, but ultimately unsatisfying summer evening—one where you go to sleep with a headache, if you sleep at all...A great sense of worry pervades the show, though untethered from any real urgency it exists more as an amorphous tension and sadness...Performances are strong throughout the talented cast...The play is at its strongest when it celebrates little life moments."
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Theater Pizzazz
March 14th, 2017

“Largely a convincing drama…While most moments of tension fly by on a pretty even keel, Peter Friedman really pumps up the volume. His anguish seems quite raw, and his connection to his daughters is unmistakably genuine…Director Anne Kauffman creates an entirely believable world, with enough charm and dimension. Similarly, playwright Rachel Bonds proves to be a solid writer, capable of carrying a firm story…‘Sundown, Yellow Moon’ is a hit.”
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CurtainUp
March 15th, 2017

"The play's structure is unruly, with several turns of plot that are inexplicable and lots of narrative loose ends. As directed by the masterful Anne Kauffman, Bonds' dialogue sounds at crucial moments like overheard conversation. But some passages are so banal that they suggest authorial contempt for the character speaking...Kauffman and her cast do an admirable job with the script they've been given, and the effect is always engaging but seldom touching."
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Exeunt Magazine
March 16th, 2017

"A softly-glowing night-light of a narrative, a beacon of memory illuminating a forgotten childhood hallway...Each character receives a well-developed setup which invites us into their personal experience of this particular, but nameless lost feeling...The play feels a bit more like a first act than complete gesture–the exposition is so carefully set in place and well crafted that it is a bit startling when the play ends without really knocking down anything that it set up for us."
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T
March 20th, 2017

"The difficulty with 'Sundown, Yellow Moon' comes with the playwright’s decision not to develop her characters fully. Each appears as a snapshot of himself or herself without any deep exposition...The cast members deliver authentic performances and, although their conflicts are engaging and believable, there is not enough to drive a satisfying plot...Without that catharsis, the dramatic arc falters. Kauffman’s direction is sensitive and embraces the sensitive core of the play."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
March 21st, 2017

“This is a quiet, drearily low-key, fitfully amusing, dramatically slender, . . . slog through a family's attempts to heal its psychic wounds...It's nice to see a play in which everyone, despite their own problems, is concerned about everyone else, but..the stakes have to be higher. In 'Sundown' no specific problem seems any more urgent than any other, and when it's all over the persons most likely not to be concerned about anyone's problems are the members of the audience.”
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Times Square Chronicles
March 15th, 2017

“The acting is first-rate and the direction by Anne Kauffman is delicate and sensitive. The play, however, is like ‘The Humans’ where everybody is tightly wound and all the characters are so flawed they are all are on the verge of breaking…The cast are all excellent and thanks to Ms. Kauffman’s direction we move through a lazy, but steady pace of these disenchanting lives...Like ‘The Humans’ it seems there is very little hope for this misfit household and their acquaintances."
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Theater In The Now
March 16th, 2017

"'Sundown, Yellow Moon' is sadly lost, much like the characters...Packed into a single act, 'Sundown, Yellow Moon' provides insufficient information that leaves you unfulfilled...The content of Bonds' writing is beautiful. But as an overall structure of a play with a clear beginning, middle, and end, she falters...Kauffman directed the piece at a sluggish, cinematic pace. She did, however, capture the intimacy within the blooming relationships."
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Off Off Online
March 15th, 2017

"Sadness and regret can be minefields of sentiment and navel-gazing on stage, but 'Sundown, Yellow Moon' navigates them with an invigorating lightness of touch; it is remarkable that a story so defined by disappearances, holes, and unknowns can feel so energizing. Some credit is due to the songs by The Bengsons...The building blocks of the story, on the other hand, are nothing new...Yet what sets 'Sundown, Yellow Moon' apart is a contemporary sensibility."
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NY Theatre Guide
March 17th, 2017

"It is not a bad thing that 'Sundown, Yellow Moon’s' original music by playwright Rachel Bonds and The Bengsons is memorable. The songs would overpower lesser material, but they are the invisible motivator of Bonds' powerful look at a fragile family…Director Anne Kauffman eases her standout cast through every plot and character layering...Songs express what words cannot…‘Sundown, Yellow Moon’ ends without easy answers. If it did, it would lose its voice."
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