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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

During previews
55
Disappointing, Slow, Great acting, Banal

See it if you're interested in a handful of really fine performances. Unfortunately Bond's play is real let down and never materializes into anything.

Don't see it if you're expecting lots of music from the Bengsons. It's pre-recorded and barely featured. The set is also particularly amateurish.

Also What a let down of an evening. I am a fan of so many artists involved ... Read more Read less

During previews
59
Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You like these actors (like I do) and the songs of the Bengsons (like I do).

Don't see it if You like deft storytelling

During previews
72
Entertaining, Relevant, Slow, Disappointing, Clever

See it if you like formulaic contemporary plays about loneliness and fear of the future.

Don't see it if you are expecting action to take place on stage. Action is replaced with sometimes-relevant musical numbers.

During previews
85
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Great writing, Moving

See it if you like quiet family drama; EXCELLENT acting, writing, and singing; lovely, moving, & melancholic small-scale personal storytelling.

Don't see it if you are deterred by a 2ish hour show with no intermission, you are looking for spectacle or a big and/or uncomplicated plot.

During previews
71
Confusing, Great singing, Quirky

See it if You are able to go with the flow. Overlook the loose connections between story lines.

Don't see it if You need to have the connections between different stories. You need all the story lines resolved.

Also This was interesting. Many times I could not make the connection. If I... Read more Read less

During previews
76
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing

See it if enjoy family/relationship/emotional type storylines - really solid creative easy pleasant country style score as well

Don't see it if cant deal with 90 min no intermission - would have preferred they lengthened play with more music and added intermission

During previews
83
Entertaining, Great singing, Slow, Confusing, Great acting

See it if you enjoy slow quiet plays with nice music

Don't see it if you don't like a play without a resolution.

During previews
71
Clever, Delightful, Must see

See it if Good show

Don't see it if N/A

During previews
50
Slow, Disappointing, Banal, Confusing, Indulgent

See it if If you are a fan of a drama with folk songs; If you are not a fan of conventional theater; If you enjoy shows that's "off the beaten path".

Don't see it if If you want to spend two very slow hours (with no intermission) about a show that's very hard to follow. Also, the music was not very good.

During previews
77
Great singing, Quirky, Ambitious, Enchanting, Okay

See it if you are in the mood to see a show that is not plot driven and has some beautiful moments

Don't see it if you really like plots and want a musical. This is not a musical but there are a few songs.

Also I absolutely love the song moments. I am a huge fan of the Bengsons an... Read more Read less

During previews
72
Confusing, Great singing, Slow

See it if You want to see a woman-centric play. It was good, but a little confusing. And it just kind of ended. I enjoyed the music.

Don't see it if You don't like plays that don't flow or end ambiguously.

During previews
97
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound

See it if a well written play performed by gifted actors is of interest. Soul-searching by the young and the aging, heart warming and heart aching.

Don't see it if you desire a thriller with lots of action. Don't see it if young coming of age-ish material not your thing.

During previews
89
Absorbing, Resonant, Great acting, Enchanting, Refreshing

See it if You appreciate the subtext in a play and the layers of what goes unsaid; you love a great ensemble cast piece; you like to spot new talent.

Don't see it if You prefer your family dramas with elaborate plot twists, big gasp-inducing reveals, and smashed dishes--this one is tender and understated.

Also If you are from a small town (and especially from the south), and/or h... Read more Read less

During previews
55
Great production with a disappointing plot

See it if You're a performer, as the actors in this are wonderful. Production design is great also, as is Rachel's naturalistic dialogue.

Don't see it if very slow shows with low stake plots aren't for you. They're not for me. Characters are selfish and talk a lot about a little.

Also Someone recently told me that there is a trend in NY writing to write ... Read more Read less

During previews
60
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Slow, Relevant

See it if you enjoy slow-moving, dialogue-based, family-oriented plays with "metaphors."

Don't see it if you enjoy action, character development, or a play with a strong sense of intention.

During previews
50
Slow, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Cliched, Edgy

See it if You like sad-funny plays. You don't need all of the answers spelled out for you. You want to support a new female writer.

Don't see it if You're looking for great writing. You're expecting more than like 2 songs.

During previews
90
Great acting, Delightful, Refreshing

See it if You're seeking an escape from all the current-day issues; you want something light but still makes you think.

Don't see it if You want a play that grapples with higher stakes

Also The acting was phenomenal. The set, props, lighting, and music kept me... Read more Read less

During previews
88
Intelligent, Subtle, Delicate, Moving, Great performances

See it if You like plays that make you lean in and don't do all the work for you.

Don't see it if You want to see a "musical" or aren't moved by small stories with big meaning.

Also This is a really different kind of play that makes a lot out of the li... Read more Read less

During previews
91
Exquisite, Absorbing, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Witty

See it if you enjoy stories that showcase everyday humanity, make you think, and evoke often unconfronted emotions.

Don't see it if you are looking for a show that provides you with direct answers, loud entertainment, or a conventional storyline.

Also This quiet, lovely play presents a "slice-of-life" snapshot of a famil... Read more Read less

During previews
93
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant

See it if you like naturalistic, well-crafted, lovely plays. believable characters & family drama. talented cast! Peter Friedman is heartbreaking.

Don't see it if you're expecting a big flashy musical. It's a play with a few (4?) songs, and it is sometimes quiet & reflective (which I like!)

During previews
95
Resonant, Great acting, Moving

See it if you appreciate family stories, excellent performances, and subtle but effective storytelling.

Don't see it if you want to see a Musical with a capital M, or if you're in the mood to see something something with more razzle-dazzle than substance.

Also It's a beautiful, atmospheric show that caught me by surprise with how... Read more Read less


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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