Let’s hope Can You Hear Me Now? is the first of many fringe shows by 100 Decibels, a sketch-comedy troupe from the deaf community. These young adults speak eloquently through physical theatre, proving themselves to be smart, sexy, silly and sensitive communicators with the community at large.
Director Shannon Guile co-wrote the fast-paced sketches with the multi-ethnic, three-man, one-woman troupe. As a member of Hot Thespian Action, she’s a pro with a command of sight gags, visual punchlines and soundtrack music. The funniest sketch follows a novice thief who gets distracted during a break-in. Christopher de Guzman, an irresistible clown, plays the role with outstanding mime chops. The show’s other standout, Joanna Hawkins, displays the head-to-toe range of a professional actress. One challenge is that the venue has poor sightlines.
Serious sketches interspersed throughout the show speak about becoming deaf through illness, injury or birth. These simple, poignant vignettes create understanding with no need for words. They’re powerfully, universally human.
— Alison Mayes