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Associate Artistic Director Stuart Carden (Travels With My Aunt, Hesperia) directs this intimate, thrilling bookstore production.
Karen Janes Woditsch*
Stuart Carden (Director)
Kevin Depinet (Scenic Designer)
Rachel Anne Healy (Costume Designer)
Lee Fiskness (Lighting Designer)
Christopher Kriz (Original Music and Sound Designer)
Nick Heggestad (Properties Designer)
Eva Breneman (Dialect Coach)
Rebecca Pechter* (Stage Manager)
*Denotes a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers
“HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. A vivid, blistering account…seared into the mind’s eye by Greig’s powerful descriptive writing!”
– Chicago Sun Times
“A quietly moving, skillfully immersive dual coming-of-age tale.”
– Time Out Chicago
“A breakneck combination coming-of-age, lovers-on-the-lam tale.”
– Daily Herald
“The journey has the simmering angst of a Wes Anderson film, marked by tiny, exuberant spikes of joy.”
– New City
“A thrill ride! A well-staged flurry of activity…told through poetic,
innovative and powerful language.”
– Chicago Stage and Cinema
"...Director Stuart Carden seems intent on overemphasizing the script's weaknesses, barreling noisily through nonsensical transitions. In occasional respites from the clamor, Carden's four cast members find interesting edges to their characters, though never enough to assemble a full picture. Their motivations are impenetrable in the end, leaving a story with life-or-death stakes feeling wispy and insubstantial."
"...For those of you, unfamiliar with the Writers' Theatre in Glencoe, there are two outstanding venues in this small North Shore community. There is the "main stage" on Tudor Street and then, the most intimate of spaces, located in the rear of The Books On Vernon shop. Yes, a true "storefront" theater, that in reality is a storeback theater. A small space where depite how the configure it, less than 60 seats are available for an audience, but what they do in this little space is BIG productions. Not big in size of course, but "big" in the stories they tell and the production value as a whole."
"...There is much to admire about both script and production. I thoroughly enjoyed the theatricality of it all and the many nuances, such as when narrators took on the personalities of the character which they spoke about, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that Yellow Moon would be far less effective in any space bigger than the back of a bookstore. This is theater that belongs at a Fringe Festival; for me, the manic goings on tend to get a bit one-note, even at a 75-minute running time. This isn’t theater that delves into the souls of characters, it’s a thrill ride. Mr. Greig may be a clever ink slinger and fabulist, but the show’s device occasionally overrides the drama."
"...Stuart Carden guides the production with an unfailing sureness of touch as the action fluidly moves between narration and realistic exchanges. "Yellow Moon" can be an elusive, even boring play if the acting is slack and the play's unconventional style seems affected. But Carden keeps the tension tight and still makes room for occasional humor."
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