“You might have thought, as the last of those jut-jawed veterans march off into history, that there was nothing left to learn about World War II, no more chapters, pages or even footnotes to the story of how the good guys pulled the world back from the brink. But save one final salute for “Yank!,” the alternately slap-happy and deeply absorbing Off-Broadway war-era musical currently billeted at Richmond Triangle Players.
As keeper and protector of one of the Greatest Generation’s remaining untold tales, “Yank!” adds one last caring brushstroke to the official portrait of sacrifice and self-discovery that defines the war in our collective memory.” - Tony Farrell, Richmond Times-Dispatch
“A young man named Stu (Ben Gierhart) is drafted into the Army during World War II. He joins a squad comprised of a representative sample of America: Jew, Immigrant, Hayseed, Brooklyn toughie, etc. It’s the cliché of every Hollywood war movie of the time, except there are no Negroes of course: segregation was the rule of the day in 1943. So was brutal discrimination against homosexuals. As YANK! tells Stu’s coming of age story it takes care to inject notes of bracing reality into the cliché until it has fairly deconstructed the form.” - Keith Waits, Arts Louisville