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May 31, 2011 / Prof Cupcake.

SILENCE is golden

Nestles in the Hampstead theater, an incredible theatrical space that looks like a futuristic egg, is David Farr’s breathtaking Silence.  Don’t let the name fool you however there is rarely a moment of quite in this play from when it starts with a woman on an empty stage suffering from tinnitus till it comes crashing to a crescendo a 100 minutes later.

           

In proper 21st century style, Silence Follows three characters in a narrative that jumps back and forth between the present day and the early 90’s. There is Kate, a woman torn between her husband and a lover from her past. Her husband, Michael, torn between his love for Kate and his dedication to his life as a documentary film maker and Michael’s assistant who is lost deep within the world of sound.

 

The play is in it of itself fascinating to watch. Expertly acted and wonderfully written it is a great production. Yet it is their use of noise that makes this play sublime. The music, the noise, the click s of a pen and the chewing of toast are more then just the byproducts of life in this play. Noise is a character, Noise is self aware, Noise is guiding these characters through their lives like a Sheppard, even when they are not aware of it.

 

At a 100 minutes flat, this play is unrelenting. Though at times the plot can seem confused, especially the beginning, it quickly develops into a wonderful experience I completely support.

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