Written by Ruth E. Margraff
Directed by Jason Neulander
December 3 - 19, 1999
All shows at The John Henry Faulk Living Theater, 4th & Brazos St.
The final mainstage show of the 1999’s 3-Ring Circus of Attractions was The Cry Pitch Carrolls. Originally produced in New York, this production featured new staging, a new set, and original music by Austin’s own Golden Arm Trio. Billed as a “nostalgic nuclear winter Christmas opera”, the production was quite simply the most critically acclaimed production in Salvage Vanguard’s history.
Not only did the all the reviews indicate a high level of artistic achievement (“Riveting… magical… only once in a very long while have we seen anything this mesmerizingly original.” –Austin American-Statesman), but the show received ”Top Ten” mention by three Austin critics at the end of 1999.
The Austin Chronicle’s summation may have said it best: “Nothing less than a small miracle. Ruth Margraff’s lyrical tale of loss and renewal—remarkable by itself—might not have connected as it did had it not been for the jewel of a production lovingly crafted around it by director Jason Neulander and company. Graham Reynolds’ emotionally rich score, the enchanting picture-window setting, and the deeply felt performances spirited me to a new home of snow, widows, and wonder.”