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Deaf Kids Get to have Hackneyed Teenage Musicals Too

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August 6, 2012 by Paula Reed Nancarrow

Review of Silence by Yellow Bird Productions

U of M Rarig Center Proscenium

http://www.fringefestival.org/2012/show/?id=2298

I loved this show, and was surprised when some of the other reviews on the Fringe site marked it down for a hackneyed plot. Because I thought that was part of the point. It was Grease Meets Teen Angel. The idea of a Hearing Musician having a Deaf Dancer for his muse is a wonderful trope for bringing together both cultures; so often we have ASL interpretation for shows that is tacked on, and this was all integral.  They were talented, fresh, energetic, and the leading roles were played extremely well.  I found myself wondering what the experience would be like if I were Deaf, and I sure hope there will be Deaf reviewers of the show, because that’s as close as I’m going to get to knowing.

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