Standing Room Only's “SILENCE! The Musical”
Obsidian Theater Until June 25

CONTRIBUTOR
DORIA ROSA

Silence! The Musical proved to be a show that you cannot be silent about. From lambs to stitches is how this play can be described. The play opens with everyone dressed as lambs and holding lamb puppets to everyone in the audience laughing from this provocative display of comedic genius.

This production transformed a horror into a wonderfully profane, hilarious harmony displaying amazing local talent. Coming from a musical background, I really enjoy the tonal precision of the cast in regards to their singing roles. I especially enjoyed the undeniable range of Catherine played by Chaney Moore, the diversity of Rachel Landon's character, Clarice, the animated delivery coupled with passionate vocal expression of Buffalo Bill played by Bryan Kaplun, and the Showgirl Swagger of MaryAnn Williams' character Ardelia.

I was truly amazed by the actor's ability to maintain the impersonations of their characters voices while they were singing. Chris Gibson's impersonation of Dr. Hannibal Lecter gave me chills the way a seasoned actor giving a top performance does. He was amazingly accurate especially during his melodious solos.

This production keeps you entertained from start to finish with its puns, beautifully seamless transitions, and catchy tunes built on abstract themes of the classic, The Silence of the Lambs like, "If I could smell her cunt," "My Daughter is Catherine," and "I'd F*** Myself”. I wasn't sure if I was too grossed out to laugh when multiple Migs shot Clarice in the face of her sexual naivete, but I did, I laughed like a mad woman.

Another utterly confusing moment, during an all important autopsy, when Rachel Landon, playing Clarice Starling, describing how very fat the dead girl appeared to be morphed into a stream of 'how fat was she' jokes. Yet, my middle aged professional demeanor stepped aside, as I found my inner child joining the chorus of uncontrollable laughter.

The play seamlessly merged parody and debauchery into a single masterful performance on a Blazing Saddles level of wrongness. This show is coming to a close soon, so head out this weekend to Obsidian Theater, and take someone who really really needs a laugh, because the funny cannot be denied!

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Hilarious takedown! Makes those naughty ditties in The Book of Mormon seem like trunk songs dropped from The Sound of Music” - New York Times

Winner of the NYC Fringe’s Best Musical Award

The award-winning SILENCE! The Musical is a hilarious ‘unauthorized’ parody of the 1991 Academy Award winning film, “The Silence of the Lamb”. Rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling matches wits with the brilliant but insane cannibal, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, in order to catch the serial killer known as Buffalo Bill. Clarice faces her own demons while racing the clock to unlock , Lecter’s clues before another innocent girl is killed and skinned by Buffalo Bill. This laugh-out-loud and very-naughty satire features a singing chorus of floppy eared lambs narrating the action as Buffalo Bill gleefully dances a hoedown while kidnapping hapless Catherine Martin. Even Dr. Lecter, scary as ever, sings about the life he’d like to lead someday outside the prison walls.

SILENCE! The Musical (lyrics & music by Jon Kaplan & Al Kaplan and book by Hunter Bell) will be produced by Standing Room Only Productions at Obsidian Theater (www.obsidiantheater.org). With direction by Chris Patton, music direction by Eduardo Guzman, choreography by Eric Dano and assistant direction and stage management by Lauren Hainley, the production will run June 9 through June 25, 2016.

The cast of SILENCE! The Musical features Rachel Landon as Clarice, Chris Gibson as Hannibal Lecter, Bryan Kaplun as Buffalo Bill, Chaney Moore as Catherine Martin/Senator Martin/Ensemble, Tom Stell as Crawford/Papa Starling/Ensemble, Kiefer Slaton as Dr. Chilton/Ensemble, Maryann Williams as Ardelia/Ensemble, Taelon J. Stonecipher as Miggs/Ensemble, and Heather Buzonas as Doyle/Ensemble.

Tickets are $37.50, $32.50 for seniors/students and $27.59 for groups of 6 or more – and can be purchased at www.sro-productions. For more information call 713-300-2358 or email sro@sro-productions.com

SILENCE! The Musical contains adult language and subject matter and is not appropriate for children. The original ‘Silence of the Lambs’ movie is gruesome and the musical is no different. Not only are violent acts performed in the stage version, the actors also sing about them. The many songs feature lyrics about cutting up victims, genital odors, bodily fluids, animal abuse and many other raunchy topic.

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