Deaf Kids Get to have Hackneyed Teenage Musicals TooLeave a comment
August 6, 2012 by Paula Reed Nancarrow
Review of Silence by Yellow Bird Productions
U of M Rarig Center Proscenium
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.