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And I and Silence
Off Broadway, Signature Theatre

Reviewed by Andy Buck

BOTTOM LINE: Naomi Wallace’s new play about two inmates on the flip side of the American Dream is earnest but fails to soar.

IThe Signature Theatre launches its 24th season with And I and Silence, the first of three plays by Naomi Wallace. It’s a beautifully designed production, but ultimately an unpersuasive play, with an ending that won’t be revealed here but that feels unearned. The story moves back and forth over a period of nine years, with the earliest scenes set in the jail cell of a women’s prison in the early 1950s. There, two teenaged inmates...

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