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Bess Wohl on Barcelona

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Bess Wohl talks with us about what "Barcelona" means to her. On Stage Now through June 23, 2013 at People's Light and Theatre.

Works by Ike Holter, Bess Wohl, Rebecca Gilman and More Set for 2017 New Stages Festival at Goodman Theatre

Goodman Theatre announces the lineup of its 14th annual New Stages Festival - a celebration and discovery of new work by some of the country's finest established and emerging playwrights. Over the course of three weeks, the annual festival offers


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American Hero

At a toasted subs franchise in the local mall, three up-and-coming “sandwich artists”—a teenager, a single mom, and a downsized refugee from corporate banking—are perfecting the mustard-to-cheese ratio according to the company manual. But when their shot at the American dream is interrupted by a series of strange events, they become unlikely allies in a post-recession world. AMERICAN HERO is a supersized dark comedy about life, liberty, and the pursuit of sandwiches.

Small Mouth Sounds

In the overwhelming quiet of the woods, six runaways from city life embark on a silent retreat. As these strangers confront internal demons both profound and absurd, their vows of silence collide with the achingly human need to connect. Filled with awkward and insightful humor, Bess Wohl s beguiling and compassionate new play brilliantly captures the unique eloquence of a silent retreat and asks how we address life s biggest questions when words fail us. A major hit of the 2015-16 Off Broadway season with two sold out, extended runs, Small Mouth Sounds is wry and observant . . . long on emotions and short on words (Daily News). "

Less is More in Small Mouth Sounds at Long Wharf Theatre - Zip06.com

We live in times dominated by words, from sound bites and tweets to endless debates. Constantly interrupting to loudly make a point is acceptable behavior, and there’s a lot more talking than listening going on. So that’s why Obie Award-winning Small Mouth Sounds by Bess Wohl, now kicking off its national tour at Long Wharf... Whatever you call it, the play forces the audience to pay attention to the most nuanced gestures on stage because if you stop actively watching to sneak a look at your text messages, you could miss an incredibly important detail or silent... The only consistent voice is the voice-over (we never see him until curtain call) of the retreat guru, spoken by Orville Mendoza, who gives Buddhist-like dissertations on the rules of the retreat: no cell phones, no talking, no eating outside the... The well-chosen ensemble cast under Rachel Chavkin’s sharp and dryly humorous direction, is a pleasure to behold as they awkwardly, heartbreakingly, hypocritically, ridiculously reveal to one another bits and pieces of who they are and the wounds... Ben Beckley is the most likable, relatable character as Ned, whose life is one long litany of outrageous trauma dramas (yes, he breaks the talking rule early on). His expressions of awe and amazement at the antics of his cohorts are very amusing... Edward Chin-Lyn is the most comical and least dimensional character with his perfect physique, perfect meditation practice, and perpetually blissed-out expression. But he has feet of clay like everyone else, taking the naked-only-while-swimming rule well beyond the lake, and having sex with another guest, Alicia, a broken rule made worse when she finds out he’s married. Played by Brenna Palughi, Alicia is one of the less interesting, engaging members of the group. We know she’s having boyfriend trouble and is constantly weeping and texting, but although one can’t fault Palughi’s performance, there’s just not a lot of substance to her character. Joan, performed by Socorro Santiago, and Judy, performed by Cherene Snow, are the only two retreat attendees who arrive together as a couple. We learn that Judy has cancer and Joan is tired of dealing with it and their relationship is complicated—and hard to connect with. The most vulnerable character is Jan, sensitively portrayed by Connor Barrett. When he finally speaks, we learn that he doesn’t speak English, making it even harder to figure him out. Set designer Laura Jellinek has created the quintessential minimalist retreat—a simple and serene structure in contrast to the characters’ messy lives. Narrow, rectangular windows reveal the windy, woodsy environment outdoors in projections by Andrew Schneider that lighting designer Mike Inwood nicely illuminates to reflect the weather and time of day. Small Mouth Sounds runs 100 minutes without intermission through Sunday, Sept. 24 at Long Wharf Theatre, Stage II (222 Sargent Drive, New Haven).

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  1. Goodman Theatre announces the lineup of its 14th annual New Stages Festival - a celebration and discovery of new work by some of the country's finest established and emerging playwrights. Over the course of three weeks, the annual festival offers
  2. This is another way that the audience experience can be similar to that of the retreat. But having actors be so quiet is a new dynamic. Nobody is addressing the audience directly or speaking in a theatrical manner. "Small Mouth Sounds" is a voyeuristic 
  3. American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) continues its 2017-18 season with Bess Wohl's fresh, perceptive comedy Small Mouth Sounds (October 11-December 10, 2017). Under the eye of an unseen guru, six wildly disparate urbanites looking for life balance 
  1. Bess Wohl's 'Silent' Play Has Caused a Lot of Chatter https://t.co/lXYBWrglvi https://t.co/48cqeKRp8l
  2. @wwhatgreenlight (((Jacob Wohl))) is making me miss Bess "Sweetie" Kalb

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Bess's Best Butter Beans (broad beans, brown sugar, butter, mustard powder, yogurt, molasses, salt)

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