The popular Off-Broadway hit, Silence! is moving downtown in version that will be up to 15 minutes shorter, answering critics’ complaints about its length, hopefully without curbing its blood-curdling, hilarious appeal.
The stage production is a parody of the hit 1991 Jody Foster film “The Silence of the Lambs.”
The movie starred Anthony Hopkins as the diabolical serial killer Hannibal Lecter, who favored devouring victims, particularly their livers, with a spot of Chianti and fava beans.
“Silence!” parodies the movie through songs that riff on the movie’s profane dialogue and macabre imagery, as well as a chorus of singing lambs, according to The New York Times.
Critics largely praised the production at Theater 80 in July. Jenn Harris, who played Foster’s role as an FBI agent in training, won solid reviews and will return to play on Broadway.
The part of Hannibal Lecter is still unfilled and casting is underway to fill out the show. Brent Barrett played the part earlier.
The new production will answer critics’ most frequent complaint that the show was too long, said Director Christopher Gattelli in a statement.
Book writer Hunter Bell and songwriters Jon and Al Kaplan have been able to “try things we’ve always wanted to” and “really take the time to see what the audience responded to,” he added.
The show’s run time has been set at 90 minutes and will play at the 9th Space Theater at P.S. 122, starting Oct. 25.
Silence!, originally featured at the 2005 New York International Fringe Festival, will run for eight performances a week in an open-ended engagement.