September 27, 2013 - October 20, 2013
by Richard Nelson
directed by Scott Yarbrough
Winningstad Theater - 1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205
It’s the 10th Anniversary of September 11 and the Apple family finds itself gathered together in Rhinebeck, NY for an impromptu lunch before heading off to an afternoon memorial service. While Uncle Benjamin rehearses for a reading, the Apples catch up on politics, tell ghost stories, tease each other mercilessly, and confront the difficulties of loss. Filled with humor and sorrow, Sweet and Sad celebrates the challenges and joys of life in the 21st century and features the returning cast from last season’s hit show, That Hopey Changey Thing.
This is at its heart a family drama, and the play beautifully weaves together the political and the personal…The actors inhabit their roles fully…Nelson, the playwright, is a master at raising provocative questions without giving any easy answers…Next year’s Apple family gathering can’t come soon enough.Willamette Week