By Sarah Sander
Directed by Devon de Mayo
Cast: Julian Larach, Selina Fillinger, Johnathan Nieves, Robyn Coffin, Tom Hickey, Jaslene Gonzalez
Scenic Design: Jeffrey D. Kmiec
Costume Design: kClare McKellaston
Lighting Design: Brian Healy
Sound Design: Stephen Gawrit
Stage Manager: Kelli N. Kovach
First Performance March 8, 2017
Opening March 13, 2017
Final Performance April 29, 2017
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The Jacobses seemed to be the perfect suburban family until a personal crisis rocked their world and caused them to re-evaluate their values and identities. They’re starting to recover from traumatic events as John and his newly-divorced mother move in next door. John’s attention tests Celia and Henry’s deep sibling rivalry and leave the three teens isolated and desperate for connection.
Set in a world where all the rules have changed, Sycamore is a poignant and frequently funny examination of sibling rivalry, sexual and gender identity, and the importance of neighbors.
Kerry Reid – Chicago Tribune
A vague whiff of a John Hughes movie hangs in the air over Sarah Sander’s “Sycamore,” in which three disaffected suburban teens attempt to figure out how to claim their identity without causing each other more damage. But Sander, an emerging, New York-based playwright, takes some of the off-the-shelf crises of Hughes-land (out-of-touch parents, romantic triangles) and gives them a coating of contemporary sensibilities.
Kevin Greene – New City Stage
Raven Theatre’s world premiere of Sarah Sander’s “Sycamore” tells you nearly everything you need to know about it in the program’s title page under Time/Setting: Late September. Suburbs. Middle America. Following the minor vexations of a most atomically basic nuclear family, “Sycamore” marks yet another entry in the endless pathologizing of suburban whiteness in American theater.
Lawrence Bommer – Stage and Cinema
Loved ones seen in stasis are probably truer to most families. No clans are ever collectively happy or purposeful, only the members and not, of course, all the time. But, however accurate its depiction of mutual dysfunction, a play about paralyzed characters is not intrinsically dramatic. Take Sycamore. There are plenty of promising possibilities within Sarah Sander’s intimate and often affecting world premiere at Raven Theatre. But either an inconclusive ending or a missing middle deny the audience “closure” and make these 75 minutes seem truncated and unfulfilled.