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Reviews of ‘Exchange of Gifts’

Here’s some of the press coverage and other feedback that my touring Christmas show “Exchange of Gifts” received.

“This play was so good with a great message and many laughs. I am sorry if you missed it . . . terrific play.”
— columnist Mary Beth Gutshall in The Recorder, about the Dec. 14 show in Monterey

“Wow! What a great job all the ladies did. We were very impressed. They knew their lines well and it was very funny! Merry Christmas.”
— Anonymous feedback sent to The Bower Center for the Arts about the Dec. 20 show in Bedford.

Finally, here’s the story that the Lynchburg News and Advance did Dec. 18 to advance the shows in Bedford and Lynchburg: Read the rest of this entry »

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Praise for The American Experiment’ from a New York theatre

This came in the form of a rejection notice, but a very happy one, from a New York theatre:

“We so appreciated its arresting theatrical premise, thoughtful character work, and head-on engagement with urgent contemporary crises.”

Ultimately, though, THE AMERICAN EXPERIMENT was deemed not the right fit for that particular company. It happens. But the company didn’t need to say anything, much less such nice words.

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Praise for ‘The Christmas Goat’ from a UK producer

The Ambassadors, a theatre company in London, included my 10-minute play THE CHRISTMAS GOAT as a staged reading in its December event at the New Wimbledon Theatre in London. Producer Graham Hill sends these kind words:

“So many people came up to me afterwards and commented on how much they’d enjoyed the piece and how funny and engaging your writing was. The thing I personally love about your writing is that you don’t approach ideas and themes from the obvious angle and I think this is what hooks the audience so quickly.”

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‘Your play is terrific!”

Fellow playwright Melinda Gros recently attended the Quannapowitt Players Suburban Holidays festival in Reading, Massachusetts where my one-act THE GIRL WHO MADE EMUS BELIEVE THEY COULD FLY was produced Nov. 29-30, Dec. 1, 5-7, 2019. She sends this happy message:

“I saw the production this weekend – the company did a very nice job – and your play is terrific! I don’t know much about emus, but the actors made them very avian and hysterical, especially the ballet-dancing emu. Congrats!”

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Two reviews for ‘The Sandstorm’

My 10-minute play THE SANDSTORM has garnered two nice reviews on the New Play Exchange, one from Ohio playwright John Busser and the other from New York playwright Scott Sickles:

“Short, sad and oh so relevant. I was moved by the simplicity of the narrative and the characters, in just a few pages, had me concerned about their fate. Not a showy play at all, it is quiet but powerful.”
— John Busser

“O, how I love a good apocalypse! This one’s just getting started, but the play also has other things I love: smart people, bureaucracy, science and culture! And best of all, the characters have dimension! An investigation is in progress but it leads to unexpected admissions and even impactful lessons learned. As they face the certainty of a rather grave future, Yancey again instills his play with a bright hope in the deep darkness. Even in that darkness, this effervescent piece did my heart an otherworld of good!”
— Scott Sickles

Here are photos from a 2017 production in Texas and video from a 2015 production in Chicago.

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Review for “The Math Lesson’

My 10-minute play THE MATH LESSON got a nice review from New York playwright Scott Sickles on the New Play Exchange:

“An elegant and concise sci-fi drama illustrating what’s at the root of everything wrong in the world, namely institutionalized ignorance. Yancey shows us a savvily-defiant teacher called to task over a subversive math problem. The power struggle is palpable and infuriating. Meanwhile, two normal girls simply observe the changes in the world around them, unaware that their planet is in a show but certain freefall. The play infuses doom with hope, and pays tribute to the beauty of their world and ours. Much like the math teacher, THE MATH LESSON is a sublime protest. A genuinely important short play!”
— Scott Sickles

Here are photos from a 2017 production in Chicago.

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Review for ‘Extracted’

The Virginia playwright Royal Shiree — a graduate of the celebrated MFA program at Hollins University — has posted this review of my play EXTRACTED on the New Play Exchange:


“ To say “Extracted” is an allegory is an understatement. The symbolism represented in forms of colors, characters, poems, and even location touches upon the current state of confusion and conflict. The use of a truck profoundly suggests how fast and far-reaching ideologies fester; sports is a common theme and implies much more than a game with a flavor of masculinity. To quote and reference history is disturbing to our present and forces us to look inward and recognize ourselves.
This would be interesting to see the director’s perspective on staging this. ”

— Royal Shiree

New York audiences will get a chance on Nov. 16, when there’s a staged reading of the script through the auspices of Equity Library Theater at NYPL-Belafonte, 203 West 115th St.

Previously, EXTRACTED was a semi-finalist in the Southwest Theatre Productions competition in Austin, Texas.

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