Silent Joy, a New Play

ensemble theatre · empty space artistry · Ages 13+ · flashing lights · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by SARAH RICHARDS

June 20, 2019 certified reviewer

What I liked

First off the devised elements. Wow. What a creatively blocked piece. The already emotional piece was enhanced through these beautiful movements that truly touched me. Specifically the opening scene where Girl is lifted, the strangulation choreography during the river scene, and the replication of girl in the final realm.
Also the cast and direction was wonderful. It was extremely humbling to watch a group of professionals fall in love with the story they were telling during every moment of telling it. These actors were doing important work and you could feel in the room how they supported each other during every scene. It made me, as an audience member, feel like I watching real intimate relationships unfold before me. A specific shoutout to Maggie Dorfman, the actress who played the character of Girl. She was onstage essentially the entire piece and I never felt a drop in energy or dedication. It was incredible, she was really living in every second, discovering the twists and turns of the piece as if they were happening in real time. The text asks a lot from her emotionally and she gave it and more. A true professional. Grounded and honest. It was so clear she was giving her full self in every scene. That vulnerability allowed me to really invest in the relationships and story. She is something special.

What I didn't like

I really loved this piece!

My overall impression

I thought this piece was engaging and impactful. The cast was grounded and honest, finding moments of joy in script that deals with some heavy elements (no pun intended lol). The devised movement was beautiful and progressed the story in a compelling way.

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