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Small Mouth Sounds

Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., and Sun. from May 15-June 16
7:30 p.m.
Every Sun. from May 19-June 16
2 p.m.
$40-$50
Theater

Bess Wohl developed her poignant character drama Small Mouth Sounds with a minimum reliance on dialogue. The unconventional approach demands that audiences attune their attention to the telling nuances implicit in every interaction, noting the emotional cues that are ordinarily obscured by words. This silent character study takes place over the course of a seven-day spiritual retreat undertaken by six strangers with hopes of restoring balance to their disordered lives. Hard-luck case Ned is assigned a room with preening yoga instructor Rodney, both of whom angle for the attention of the openly disenchanted Alicia. Life partners Joan and Judy aren’t faring much better, the distance between them exacerbated by the latter’s recent cancer diagnosis. And finally we have the ever amenable Jan, whose eager compliance conceals a painful past. Conveying the full measure of these rich characters would be a formidable task even with the shortcut of dialogue. Taking on the play’s hushed challenge, however, is an ensemble of adept local performers under the accomplished direction of Lauren Keating.