Review: Making Noise Quietly (Steep Theatre)

| October 6, 2012 | 0 Comments

Lorraine Freund, Théo Tougne, and Craig Cunningham star in Steep Theatre's "Making Noise Quietly" by Robert Holman, directed by Erica Weiss. (photo credit: Lee Miller)        
      
Making Noise Quietly

Written by Robert Holman  
Directed by Erica Weiss
Steep Theatre, 1115 W. Berwyn (map)
thru Nov 10  |  tickets: $20-$22   |  more info
       
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A triple play of naked humanity

     

Peter Moore and Patricia Donegan star in Steep Theatre's "Making Noise Quietly" by Robert Holman, directed by Erica Weiss. (photo credit: Lee Miller)

    
Steep Theatre presents
    
Making Noise Quietly

Review by Katy Walsh 

Steep Theatre has a propensity for three things:  British speaking angst, solid ensemble acting and multi-layered messages – consistently thought-provoking, not always completely decipherable. 

Steep Theatre presents Making Noise Quietly.  Three separate stories unfold in three different vignettes.  The interconnecting subject matter is war, strangers, and pain. The overarching theme is casualties of war.  Two strangers have a random encounter.  A military man delivers news to a mother.  A vagabond and his son befriend a rich woman.  Three chance meetings lead to a lingering aftermath.  Making Noise Quietly is a triple play of naked humanity.  

Lorraine Freund, Théo Tougne, and Craig Cunningham star in Steep Theatre's "Making Noise Quietly" by Robert Holman, directed by Erica Weiss. (photo credit: Lee Miller)If this show were a pool, Playwright Robert Holman first wades us into the shallow end and dunks our head.  Next, he pulls us on a flotation device into the deep end and knocks us off.  Lastly, he goads us to climb the ladder of a high dive and jump as the pool is draining.  Each story progressively gets more intense.  Every tale has its own unexpected twists.  Under the direction of Erica Weiss, the human drama is authentic reactions to unusual scenarios.  The characters are both real and disturbing.  They suck us into their individual tales of woe.  The entire ensemble captivates with genuine interactions that are naturally abrupt but unnerving.  A couple standouts are Josh Salt and Craig Cunningham – for completely different reasons.  Salt charms with sophisticated arrogance; Cunningham delivers a complex performance with misplaced ferocity and loyalty.         

Set Designer Stephen Harold Carmody provides the wooden platform to showcase the drama.  It looks like a cross between a sauna and the game Jenga.  The organic simplicity helps the smooth transition into a different vignette and time period.  And the interlocking planks symbolize the game in progress… which character is going to pull the piece that makes everything tumble down.   

In the Steep tradition, Making Noise Quietly makes theatre disquieting.     

NOTE: This production is suggested for mature audiences only: nudity and profanity.

  
Rating: ★★★
  
   

Making Noise Quietly continues through November 10th at Steep Theatre, 1115 W. Berwyn (map), with performances Thursdays-Saturdays at 8pm.  Tickets are $20-$22, and are available by phone (866-811-4111) or online through OvationTix.com (check for half-price tickets at Goldstar.com). More information at SteepTheatre.com(Running time: 1 hour 50 minutes, includes an intermission)

Théo Tougne and Craig Cunningham star in Steep Theatre's "Making Noise Quietly" by Robert Holman, directed by Erica Weiss. (photo credit: Lee Miller)

Photos by Lee Miller


     

artists

cast

Patricia Donegan*, Peter Moore*, Craig Cunnigham, Nick Goodman, Lorraine Freund, Josh Salt, Théo Tougne

behind the scenes

Erica Weiss (director); Julia Siple* (production manager); Lauren Lassus (stage manger); Stephen H. Carmody (set); Alarie Hammock (costumes); Elizabeth M. Patterson (lighting); Christopher Kriz (sound design); Maria DeFabo (props); Eva Breneman (dialect coach); Kristin Leahey (dramaturg); Ryan Bourque (fight choreography); Alexis Randolph (asst. director);  Chris Renton (asst. production manager);  Brandy Reichenberger (asst. dramaturg); Shane Goldbaum-Unger (asst. stage manager); Lee Miller (photos)

* denotes ensemble member

Steep Theatre's "Making Noise Quietly" by Robert Holman, directed by Erica Weiss. (photo credit: Lee Miller)

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