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Can You Hear Me Now?

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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

 

 

From the Fringe program:

Director: Shannon Guile

Cast: Jordan Sangalang, Joanna Hawkins, Christopher de Guzman, Dustin Thompson

100 Decibels is a deaf mime troupe who promise to take you on a roller-coaster ride of physical comedy - from the knee-slapping to the insightful with even a sprinkle of awe.

These skilled performers will make you laugh, cry and say, "I never thought of it that way," all in one sitting.

Audience Classification: Parental Guidance

Length: 60 mins.

Tickets: $10

Warnings: None

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