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Critics (not so quietly) Rave about Small Mouth Sounds

24 May 2018

“This hilarious and moving production reveals near deafening truths with barely a sound”

– Austin Chronicle

“They succeed marvelously, creating a refreshingly unique, satisfying and immersive piece of theater that is well worth seeing”

– Austin American-Statesman

“SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS is a fascinating piece of theatre, lovingly directed and expertly executed by a company full of some of Austin’s finest. Don’t miss this one…you will be thinking about this one for days to come.

– Austin Broadway World

“The meditative pre-show music also helps set the scene, and indeed Lowell Bartholomee’s sound design may be the standout aspect of this production. A steady background bed of atmospheric sound, ranging from a rainstorm to a quiet night, provides an emotional and tonal setting that allows the cast’s silent interactions to take place without the tension and anxiety that a totally silent stage might create.”

-Austin American-Statesman

“You really should see this hilarious and moving show” 

– Austin Chronicle

” Zac Thomas, as Ned who has the longest verbal piece of the performance, in which he reveals his rather epic struggles. Thomas makes the most of this moment, eliciting big laughs as well as heart breaking sadness. His performance is riveting.”

– Austin Broadway World

“A sleek, minimalist set (designed by Pickell and Thomas, who deserve serious ups for transforming Hyde Park Theatre’s iconic space into something completely different and unexpected) composed of a wooden floor and risers seems almost too sparse, until you look a little closer and see stylized overhanging branches and painstaking woodwork. It puts you in the right headspace for what’s ahead – that you’re going to have to focus on the details a little more closely than you normally world. Patrick Anthony and Lowell Bartholomee complete the evening with light and sound design, respectively, that appear exactly when it’s essential – which perfectly punctuates a night of near-deafening truths told in near silence.”

– Austin Chronicle

  “The standout moment of the production comes in the form of a monologue, delivered by Zac Thomas as Ned…Equally tragic and comedic, Thomas provides a deeply textured nuance to the monologue that is matched by his pained, likable, heartfelt performance throughout the rest of the production.” 

-Austin American-Statesman