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PTC’s “Yellow Leaf”; A Terrific Success

January 12, 2009

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“Yellow Leaf” is as witty as it is rich with history, drama, and intrigue.  Pioneer Theater Company shined in this exquisite production of Charles Morey’s original piece, which takes place in 1816 during the famous Switzerland dinner party where Lord Byron presented the challenge to his four summer guests, and himself, to write a gruesome tale.

Byron could never have expected one of his guests, 18-year-old Mary Wolstonecraft Godwin Shelley, would pen a timeless novel, and inspire millions of trick-or-treaters, by writing Frankenstein.

Lord Byron was the 19th century version of our Paris Hilton or Angelina Jolie (since she made out with her brother after winning an Academy Award … gross), a celebrity drenched in scandal, only Byron earned his fame from his literary successes.  Byron surrounded himself with characters equally as colorful and morally deplorable, which sets the tone for a tense and remarkable story.

Bjorn Thorstad’s rendition of Lord Byron hilariously guides “Yellow Leaf” through its dramatic storyline flawlessly intertwined, with dramatic flashbacks, flash-forwards, and saturated with wit worthy of “Monty Python and the Flying Circus.”

As it is with all great productions, “Yellow Leaf” lingers with the mind and intoxicates the soul.  Pioneer Theater Company deserves kudos for a remarkable set design, stellar performances, and an amazing director.

Catch PTC’s “Yellow Leaf”:

January 9 through January 24, 2009

7:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday evenings
8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings
2:00 p.m. Saturday Matinees

Tickets cost $24.00 – $40.00.

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The cast of “Yellow Leaf”; (left to right) Lena Hurt, Giorgio Litt, Bjorn Thorstad, Ellen Adair, Christopher Kelly.

picture-22Bjorn Thornstad as Lord Byron.

All photos are by Robert Clayton for Pioneer Theatre Company.

Tip:  Read the author’s note and a tone-setting article by Elizabeth Williamson, both of which are located in the playbill or located at http://www.pioneertheatre.org/season/yellowleaf.html.

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