Hudson Guild Theatre presents Robert Williams' WWII drama about two women who risked their lives to oppose the Nazi regime. More…
One night in Berlin, 1943, during an SS raid, a German cabaret singer opens her door to save a Jewish Resistance fighter. As the hours unfold, destiny winds their lives tightly together until there is no turning back. 'When Yellow Were the Stars on Earth' is about two rarely examined realities: Jewish female fighters and Germans who died refusing to be part of the Nazi machinery. Amidst the atrocities of WWII, these women transcend enemy lines and, in their final moments, make an ultimate sacrifice for love.
See it if you are interested in a highly personal view of WWII Germany vis a vis Jews as seen through the eyes of a small resistance cell.
Don't see it if you are sensitive to the Holocaust, if you are unable to separate out acting from story. Unable to watch violence against women. Many left.
See it if You like intense portrayals of resistance and righteous Germans during WWII and don't mind less than stellar local theater - women are good
Don't see it if You are looking for a fully staged large scale professional production and a script on the level of Miller's incident at Vichy for example
See it if you find value in a piece if the story concept itself has potential.
Don't see it if any of this: eclectic, inconsistent accents, self-indulgent and sometimes self-important writing, predictability. Needs a solid workshop.
See it if You enjoy period pieces that reflect on enourmous human tragedy and suffering. Slow start and long narratives caused a rushed ending.
Don't see it if You need an intermission and the persistence of happiness. The set was limited but still caused unnecessary delays during changes.
See it if You enjoy amature productions. Also, if you are interested in shows about Nazi Germany and the plight of the jews.
Don't see it if You are expecting a well-written, well-acted production.
See it if You have never seen or read about the Holocaust
Don't see it if The most dramatic thing about this play was the music, The film clips shown were not the best selected. actors didn't create tension
Also And Miriam was inaudible. Direction was amateurist
See it if You have 95 minutes to lose and just want to sit in the dark being bored out of your mind. The pacing was awful. The acting was worse.
Don't see it if You have taste in good theatre, writing, directing and performance. The best part was when it finished.
See it if you like-history-historical fiction-dramas with a World War II/Holocaust backdrop-somber plays-tragedies-great background orchestral scores
Don't see it if you don't like-melodramatic performances-want an elaborate set design-or if you want-live music-three dimensional characters
See it if You like intense, disturbing, true stories about the holocaust. An emotional rollercoaster ride in a community theatre setting.
Don't see it if You are not a fan of difficult topics, bare setting and depressing endings.
See it if You want to see how good actors make a problematic play with quirky staging work, you like a period piece with thoughtful costuming
Don't see it if You want something uber polished, less sophemoric
See it if you enjoy WWII-era dramas about strong women (the two female actors were excellent).
Don't see it if you don't enjoy constant scene shifts, poor writing, and very melodramatic acting from most of the male cast members.
See it if You want to see a different side of the Holocaust. What fate awaited those who tried helping the Jews
Don't see it if You don't like seeing anything about the Holocaust
See it if You enjoy the Holocaust theme and pieces about World War II. Like, really really enjoy them.
Don't see it if You're interested in thought-provoking, original, innovative theatre with great acting and an exciting storyline.
See it if you have an appetite for very low budget theatre and enjoy shows that center around World War II.
Don't see it if you are expecting the material and the acting to live up to the weight of the show's focus.