Yellow Moon | Writers Theatre, Books on Vernon | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Yellow Moon The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 4 2013

A teenage couple, fleeing a murder rap, head to the Scottish highlands in David Greig's unsettling 2006 drama. Told through a series of high-flown interior monologues mixed with spurts of action, the story gets an intimate, borderline-claustrophobic staging in the Writers' Theatre's shoebox of a space. 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. —Keith Griffith

Price: $35-$60

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