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Sweet and Sad
by Richard Nelson
September 27, 2013 through October 20, 2013

It’s the 10th Anniversary of September 11 and the Apple family find themselves gathered together in Rhinebeck, NY for an impromptu lunch before heading off to an afternoon memorial service. While Uncle Benjamin rehearses for a reading, emotions run the gamut as the Apples catch up on politics (both familial and political), tell ghost stories, tease each other mercilessly, and confront the difficulties of loss. Filled with humor and sorrow, SWEET AND SAD celebrates the challenges of life in 21st century America and features the returning cast from last season’s hit show, THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING.

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Cast:
Bruce Burkhartsmeier
Isaac Lamb
Rebecca Lingafelter
Jacklyn Maddux
Mike O'Connell
Maureen Porter
Artistic:
Director - Slayden Scott Yarbrough
Assistant Director - Brandon Woolley
Production Manager - Don Crossley
Scenic Design - Tal Sanders
Lighting Design - Kristeen Crosser
Sound Design - Scott Thorson
Technical Director - Demetri Pavlatos
Scenic Construction - Lunar Theatrical
Costume Design - Emily Horton
Props Master - Drew Dannhorn
Dramaturg - Brian Meyers and Ellen Walkley
Psychiatric Dramaturgy - William H. Wilson, PHD
Production:
Stage Manager - Jory Bowers
ME - Jason Winslow
Deck - James Eccles
Lighting Operator - Meghan McNeil
Reviews:

Memories so vivid we can taste them.
Gathered at the table are three sisters, a brother, an uncle and a brother-in-law. In the course of the meal, we discover that under their closeness are divisive views on politics and attitudes critical of each other. The dynamics of the conversation reveal a lot because of the things not said. - The Daily News

Memories so vivid we can taste them.
Gathered at the table are three sisters, a brother, an uncle and a brother-in-law. In the course of the meal, we discover that under their closeness are divisive views on politics and attitudes critical of each other. The dynamics of the conversation reveal a lot because of the things not said. - The Daily News

'Sweet and Sad' at Third Rail Repertory is a quiet but intense look at family interaction
Amid discussion of politics, sharing some really cool ghost stories and some relentless and funny teasing, we see an unflagging examination of how we talk around issues and important questions. Director Scott Yarbrough allows the actors to talk in a subdued conversational manner, so a sense of naturalism prevails. - The Oregonian

Review: Third Rail’s 'Sweet and Sad'
Third Rail Repertory’s Sweet and Sad, is, of course, sweet and sad. It’s also funny, well-acted, and at times grating. Which, in varying combinations, probably sums up most families. - Portland Monthly

How ’bout them Apples?
Between each scene in Sweet and Sad, there’s a simple sound effect: a breath. It’s a small sound—a slight inhale, a longer exhale—and easy to miss. It’s also a lovely and poignant touch, a reminder of what sustains us. And it’s a gesture that, just like the play, sneaks up on you in a quiet and astounding way....Nelson, the playwright, is a master at raising provocative questions without giving any easy answers. How do we distinguish between victims and heroes? How do we compensate for the loss of life? But far from these inconclusive exchanges feeling evasive, the very difficulty of such conversations becomes the play’s subject. Next year’s Apple family gathering can’t come soon enough. - Willamette Week

Three More Years: Third Rail Returns to the Apple Family
Despite the portentous date, the show's finest elements aren't topical at all: The family dynamics between the show's four adult siblings are compelling, thanks to intelligent, careful performances from actors who, under Scott Yarbrough's direction, play interpersonal games of cat-and-mouse based on love, long-held grievances, and wounds too fresh to excavate. Rebecca Lingafelter is particularly excellent as a scrappy, tightly wound sister, while Isaac Lamb lightens the mood of a show that tends toward the somber. - Portland Mercury

A Family Dinner is SWEET AND SAD at Third Rail
To be honest, I completely forgot I was watching a play. The actors disappear into their roles, and the dialogue is so natural, filled with the interruptions, unexplained digressions, and inside references that you'd expect to hear at a family dinner, that I felt like a fly on the wall. Director Scott Yarbrough has staged the play in a deceptively simple way. The characters get their food, sit around the room, and talk, occasionally getting up for a second helping or a quick break, but I never felt like I was watching a performance. At the end, as the characters clean up in preparation to leave, I didn't want them to go. - BroadwayWorld.com



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