Saturday night, Mom and I had a night out on the town seeing the Spring Awakening revival. The show was revived this fall, but with a beautiful and artistic addition. The theater company Deaf West has restaged the show using Hearing and Deaf actors. The entire show is presented in American Sign Language. Deaf actors have a "voice" on stage with them and the Hearing actors also sign their parts.
I had never seen Spring Awakening so it was wonderful to finally see this remarkable show. The story is beautiful and a bit sad, but so well done. The cast was amazing, including Marlee Matlin (I may have freaked out when she walked on stage!!).
The ASL is a beautiful addition, it's like choreography - it enriches the story and visual experience. I have actually scene one other Deaf West production before, "Big River" so it was a real treat to see their next big production.
The show ends this winter, so if you can see it - GO!
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