This Way Yonder

ensemble theatre cypress company · Ages 14+ · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by CORWIN EVANS

July 02, 2019 certified reviewer

What I liked

I thought the sentiments were earned and the dissolution suitably paced. I recognize little in my own life from these characters, but I glimpse patterns I know too well, along with traits and broken pieces I seem to keep meeting. It’s so much more enticing to look at the part of the story where you have to chase what matters most to you, even if you find yourself living amongst the rubble wreaked by your decisions.
Oh wait; that character is in the play, too. In fact, they’re split into two people, both inexorably linked, yet tortuously divided. And this dynamic plays in a couple of different mappings. How fascinating, the geometry of human interactions.

What I didn't like

I am unfamiliar with so many of the details carefully chosen to adorn this world that I felt I had not done my duty in reading more about the environment which this play presents. It feels as though it would be more resonant for someone who sees people they remember, people they wish they hadn’t lost contact with, and I do suppose I could have improved that some way myself. Not entirely sure how though; it felt a bit like an education, a slice of life that was decidedly not mine. I always appreciate these gifts.

My overall impression

This piece lives in specificity. I will admit, I am suffering from frustration over the inability of certain folks in this country to acclimate to the toxic future they refuse to inhabit alongside us. To exist in a faded time and place, to discuss things about which I have little familiarity or interest, but to do so with earnestness and a deep sadness for their lack of ability to connect feels very much of this time in which you and I live.
It is very interesting that this piece meditates on this. It seems as though life has passed by, and accelerates as it does so. To feel love so freely available in the context it was built drift blithely into the happening-to of fruitless circumstances is a palpable emotion, one popular behind the mask of hatred and fear now worn today.
I don’t know that it was intentional for me to derive these feelings or interpret this anguish from the piece, but I had no choice. My heart hurts, and I’m sad that we can’t talk anymore. I think every character in this play feels that sentence in some way.

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