Swell OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    March 15, 2012
    Closing:
    April 6, 2012

    Theater: The Living Theatre / 21 Clinton Street, New York, NY, 10002

    Synopsis: 

    Emmeline Grouse lives in a small town in Vermont, in a house overlooking an abandoned cemetery where she and her sister Lucy would often play. Adapted from the graphic novel, Swell explores the memory-shifting and kaleidoscopic journey of grief, immersing the audience in a lush visual landscape as Emmeline confronts her fears, dreams and imagination.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Swell

    Moving Into a Black-and-White World Where Graphic Texture Trumps Dialogue

    Andy Webster

    March 21, 2012: Juliacks is a comic artist whose work — crude, ornate, subjective and dreamy — is not for those who prefer their narrative crisp and tidy. But “Swell,” her graphic novel about a bereaved family, a daughter in particular, is an immersive experience for brave readers. Now a production based on it has come to the Living Theater as part of the Culture Project’s Women Center Stage Festival, straining mightily to conjure the story’s lush stream of consciousness.

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