I don’t mind an argument. I’m an Irish woman. I feel quite comfortable in a heated discussion or text frenzy. I want to know what a person is thinking and I want him to understand what I’m saying. So, I’m willing to go there and talk it out to resolution. But what if he isn’t of the same mindset? What if he won’t respond? There is no text returned. No call back. Or worse, he’s in the room and ignoring me.
Salomee Speelt and ShPIeL Performing Identity present THE SOUND OF SILENCE. Creator, director and star Noemi Schlosser modernizes the 1940’s piece originally written for Edith Piaf. Schlosser is a cabaret singer preparing for her show. Part of her preshow jitters is duress over her relationship. She’s decides to have a heart to heart with her lover. Unfortunately, he’s terribly busy…. reading the newspaper. He’s in the room. He’s just not there. Literally! On the backdrop, a silent film projects the man ignoring the woman. His indifference heightens Schlosser’s passionate plea for attention. Schlosser continually tries to provoke interaction. She screams. She strips, She even kisses his hand. But her lover remains one-dimensionally detached. THE SOUND OF SILENCE doesn’t make a lot of noise but is still poignant.
The film and stage combo is a fascinating technique. It’s used very effectively to showcase a guy tuning out. Schlosser’s monologue is a series of rantings. She embodies an intense and needy performer. The cabaret singer is theatrically dramatic. Like blurring the film and stage medias, Schlosser is a performer playing a performer. The surreal aspect adds a layer of authenticity and artificial flavor. Schlosser equally displays a raw humanity and dramatic flair. This couple fight is both not enough and over-the-top. In the end, Schlosser goes on stage in a beautiful red dress. It’s a visual stunner.
THE SOUND OF SILENCE is playing in repertory with another Schlosser one act play, the comedy, DATE ME! Primarily, the two shows are playing on opposite nights except for Saturdays. In this high season of theatre, I probably won’t have an opportunity to get back to see the second show. Because THE SOUND OF SILENCE is more arty and serious, it would pair nicely with a playful relational comedy. For a complete night of theatre, I’d recommend getting the two-fer on Saturdays.
Running Time: Fifty minutes with no intermission
At Theatre Wit, 1229 W. Belmont
Written by Jean Cocteau
Created and directed by Noemi Schlosser
Thursdays at 7:30pm
Saturdays at 7pm
Thru December 18th