Open: 07/09/11- Close: 07/16/11
Silence! The Musical|
Reviewed for TheaterOnline.com By: Brett Epstein
Silence! The Musical sure swings hard. And while it’s not exactly a homerun, it’s rounding third base. A parody of the Oscar-winning classic The Silence of the Lambs, this is an outrageous, vulgar musical in a perfect venue (Times Scare, 42nd and 8th) for those looking for a raunchier, adult-oriented alternative off-Broadway.
In Silence, we meet Clarice Sterling (Pamela Bob hamming it up, lisp and all), an ambitious FBI agent ready to take on a big case. She’s assigned to track Jaime Gumb aka Buffalo Bill (Topher Nuccio, appropriately creepy and filling in for Stephen Bienskie) whose latest victim is Catherine Martin (Kimberly Stern, okay as Cat but priceless as her mother who repeats Catherine’s name to hilarious excess). The clever Buffalo Bill, who targets only overweight women so he can thin and skin them, is not an easy catch. That’s where the brilliant but incarcerated Dr. Hannibal Lector (Harry Bouvy, excellent at deadpan) comes in. With his guidance, Clarice can free Catherine from the hands of a vicious psychopath and all will be well. But alas, there are obstacles abound. Like visits from the ghost of Sterling’s father, who laments about the loneliness of being dead. And a whacky, inept boss who’d rather travel than solve murders. And two whacky, inept newscasters - one of whom says not a word. Oh, and of course, Hannibal Lector singing longingly about what he’d do if he could smell Clarice’s c***.
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