The Sound Inside is playing at Studio 54 located at 254 West 54th Street. The play runs one hour thirty minutes with no intermission. The play closes on January 12, 2019.
David Cromer is the director. He won a Tony Award for The Bands Visit (2018).
Adam Rapp is the playwright. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer for Drama in 2006 for Red Light Winter.
Davis Hyman is the costume designer. He was nominated for a Tony Award for Natashia, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812.
Mary Louise Parker made her Broadway debut in 1990 in Prelude to A Kiss in which she received a Tony Award nomination. She was also nominated for a Tony Award for Reckless (2005) and won a Tony Award in 2001 for Proof.
The time is recently in New Haven.
The lights are dim, we hear Bella (Mary Louise Parker) saying something. As the lights get brighter, we see and hear what she is saying. She tells us about herself. Bella is a professor in an Ivy League University. In her office she is talking to one of her students Christopher (Will Hochman). Bella talks about authors, quoting them. Christopher tells her he came to tell her how much he loved her class.
As times goes by, they become intimate.
When she finds out she has cancer and the prognosis is not good she goes on the internet to find out ways to kill herself. She finds something and gets it. Bella asks Christopher to help her kill herself. There are three shots she has to take. He gives her the first shot. When she wakes up seventeen hours later Christopher is gone and she’s still alive.
We find out Christopher killed himself and thru treatment her cancer is in remission.
The play is performed between the two characters and from time to time the character comes to the front of the stage and tells the audience what is happening.
One point I like the way it was presented but then there were times when it distracted me.
The cast was outstanding.
I usually don’t give stars but I would give 2 ½ for this play out of 4.
Review by Rozanna Radakovich.
Photos by Annazor.
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