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YOSEMITE OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS
Opening Night: January 26, 2012
Synopsis: Yosemite tells the story of three siblings who are sent out into the snow-silent woods in the Sierra Nevada foothills to dig a hole that will be deep enough to bury a family secret. As they dig, they search for a way to escape or be rescued from their lives as the snow continues to fall and the world sinks in around them. A world premiere of Daniel Talbott's new play.
NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW:
"The snowy woods of the Sierra Nevada are not easy to simulate inside a small Off Broadway theater, but Raul Abrego, the designer of the new drama “Yosemite,” gives it a shot. Several impressively large, ridged trees, speckled in dirty white, stand near a mound of genuine-looking dirt inside the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater."
"TV familiar Kathryn Erbe (of "Law and Order: Criminal Intent") lends wattage to the preem of Daniel Talbott's "Yosemite," but the real star of this Redneck Gothic melodrama is set designer Raul Abrego. Working under the space confinements of Rattlestick's table-top stage, the resourceful designer has created a realistic clearing in a deep wood high in the snow-covered Sierra Nevada mountain range, where three teenagers have come to dig a grave. Talbott achieves pretty much the same level of realism in his dialogue. But with no action to cut the verbiage, sitting through this one is like watching snow melt."
"Daniel Talbott’s new off-Broadway play, “Yosemite,” starts off great. We’re in the woods, among leafless trees coated with a dusting of snow. A young man — he could be in his late teens — is digging a hole. Moist soil piles up next to him. Wind howls in the background."
"Daniel Talbott’s Yosemite takes place outdoors in the winter, deep in the snowy woods, and nearly everything about it seems to have gone numb. Three shivering teenage siblings are there to complete the task that their wreck of a mother (Erbe) has assigned them: to bury their dead infant brother deep enough to avoid detection. The oldest boy, Jake (Numrich), does the digging; his sister, Ruby (Woodbridge), holds the body in a trash bag, while young Jer (Galvin) sits quietly by. Halfway through the play, Mom shows up with a shotgun to see how things are going."
"The snow-covered ground dotted with starkly naked trees of Raul Abrego's beautiful yet desolate scenic design perfectly establishes the atmosphere for Daniel Talbott's Yosemite, now receiving its world premiere at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Unfortunately, this striking visual image is the most compelling aspect of the production."
"The Rattlestick Playwrights Theater has a reputation for producing gritty new plays. The company's latest offering is the world premiere of Yosemite by Daniel Talbott whose first full length play, Slipping, they also produced. As described in the company's press release, "it's the story of three siblings who are sent out into the snow-silent woods in the Sierra Nevada foothills to dig a hole that will be deep enough to bury a family secret. As they dig, they search for a way to escape or be rescued from their lives as the snow continues to fall and the world sinks in around them.""
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