If you want to read a review from someone who knows and loves the movie, read Minnesota Theater Love's review. I'm certain I missed most of the references to the movie, but I could still follow the story, or this absurd version of it anyway. The ten-person cast nails the impersonations of the movie characters (what I know of them anyway). Emily Jabas is Jodie Foster as Clarice, and she not only speaks in a Jodie Foster voice, but she also sings as Jodie Foster, no easy task! Tim Kuehl has Anthony Hopkins' creepy cool demeanor as Hannibal Lector, delivering one particularly foul song with utter sincerity, making it even more ridiculous (in a good way). Other highlights in the cast are Ryan London Levin is the other scary serial killer, Marlin Rothe as Clarice's boss and dead papa, Jordan Oxborough as the smarmy doctor, and Amanda Weis as a kidnapping victim and her mother, allowing her to use her lovely soprano to comedic effect. Several of these actors join the rest of the ensemble in the chorus of singing lambs, which is as weird and wonderful as it sounds.
|Tim Kuehl as Hannibal Lecter and Emily Jabas as Clarice|
I admire a show that knows what it is and doesn't try to be anything else. Silence! The Musical is fun, clever, and campy, and even pokes fun at itself. Minneapolis Musical Theatre's motto is "rare musicals, well done." Mission accomplished on both counts! Silence! The Musical continues through March 6 at the Lab Theater in Minneapolis' North Loop neighborhood (discount tickets available on Goldstar).