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From Silence

From 26 member reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious

About the show

Theater for the New City presents a new drama about a traumatic event that forces a grandmother to reconsider her silence about surviving the Holocaust. More…

Esther’s world is turned upside down when her daughter, Deborah, rushes home to say that their New Jersey temple is on lock down and her granddaughter, Elaina, is trapped inside. Esther lived through the Holocaust but never talked about it, despite pleas from her daughter and granddaughter—it was just too painful to recount that part of her life. During the endless wait, Esther realizes it's her duty to share her story, but will it be too late for Elaina to hear it? Karen Lynn Gorney, star of the 1977 movie 'Saturday Night Fever,' headlines the production.

Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Profound, Resonant

See it if you appreciate drama examining memories, perspectives, frailties and relationships among three generations of women living alone together

Don't see it if you are a Holocaust denier or disinterested in non-musical drama or psychological examination of relationships primarily among women

Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a powerful story about real life events acted to perfection that will move you to tears.

Don't see it if You don't like human emotion and sadness in a play.

Intelligent, Profound, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You're interested in history, specifically the holocaust. Well acted, powerful and emotional. Multigenerational effects of the war.

Don't see it if You're not interested in nazi Germany, or in plays with intense subject matter based in history.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful

See it if If you enjoy good drama with deep feeling. If you like something poignant and meaningful and thought provoking.

Don't see it if If you only like fluff or want to be amused.

Also The writing and stage direction was exceptionally good. The acting/qui... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see, Relevant

See it if Enjoy great acting

Don't see it if You are upset by Holocaust related material.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Profound, Relevant

See it if You want to see something deep and important and are a student of The Holocaust and it's relevancy to today's world.

Don't see it if You are seeking a feel good and entertaining play. This is a work that will leave you with a deeper understanding of this important event.

Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if If you like shows that how we deal with pain and history - what with holding pain and expressing it does to people

Don't see it if If you like light weight theatre or have difficulty dealing with the history of the holicaust

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Resonant

See it if You like a sensitive portrayal of the lasting effects of the Holocaust by a superbly talented cast.

Don't see it if The subject matter disturbs you to experience in an in depth examination of the effects of the holicaust on generations of one family

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You're interested in Holocaust related issues.

Don't see it if You hate plays that don't have a clear progressive story line: at times essentially simultaneously you're in the "present" & seeing the past

Ambitious, Intelligent, Intense, Profound

See it if you are willing to sit through an emotionally wrenching play about the Holocaust, which emphasizes why it is so important to "never forget."

Don't see it if you prefer something light and fluffy.

Also It's hard to criticize a play about the Holocaust.I suspect that the p... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You have an interest in the Holocaust.

Don't see it if You're not interested in strong dramatic stories.

Timely, Emotional, Absorbing, Profound, Tad predictable

See it if You enjoy plays which draw parallels between historical events and present-day concerns.

Don't see it if You can't look passed a seemingly cliched storyline to a decent display of perseverance, courage & coming to terms with one's painful past.

Ambitious, Clever, Thought-provoking

See it if A show dealing with interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships appeals to you

Don't see it if Show that probably needs to conclude a little earlier and unnecessarily moves from the personal to universal when the personal is universal

Timely, Interesting

See it if You are interested in Holocaust stories, and their relevance to life today.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with stories about the Holocaust or contemporary shootings, or if you are in the mood for something light.

Also The lockdown event unfortunately seems so distant that it doesn't succ... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Profound, Relevant

See it if You are interested in and/or have family that may have survived the Holocaust and the effect it had on them in later years.

Don't see it if You feel enough has been said about this subject.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in seeing a thoughtful illuminating drama about the effect of the holocaust on children and grandchildren of survivors.

Don't see it if you are expecting a light hearted evening or you think these issues aren't your problem because they won't happen again.

Also some threads were tied too neatly, others left open. The show is a gre... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Intense, Entertaining

See it if You want to begin to try to understand the lasting effects of the Holocaust, even to today. It was moving, as evidenced by the audience.

Don't see it if You have a short attention span. The play runs 90 minutes. Anyone should be able to do that, but I became fidgety.

Absorbing, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in a show that examines: complicated parent/child relationships, the Holocaust, and the unbearable weight of memory.

Don't see it if you prefer large-scale productions or are bothered by heavy-handed dialogue.

Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if You're interested in holocaust stories with a soft side to it

Don't see it if If hearing about the holocaust bothers you

Indulgent, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if you understand the importance of sharing stories of this manner in this day and age.

Don't see it if you expect masterful writing or direction, or if you dislike child actors.

Cliched, Banal, Disappointing, Overrated, Thought-provoking

See it if U want to see a Jewish holocaust piece. This is a 3 generational family of women's story dealing with healing through opening up about past~

Don't see it if You're looking for anything new or insightful. This was a forced, so-so acted/directed & unoriginal play. The lead was in her 60s, not 90s!

Confusing, Absorbing, Edgy, Dated, Depressing

See it if You like plays with a message, no matter how depressing.

Don't see it if It's not an uplifting happy play

Disappointing, Thought-provoking

See it if another Holocaust show about survivor's angst and how to deal with repressed memories and how they effect family in all generations

Don't see it if want a linear story line. the back and forth were disjointed

Disappointing, Predictable, heavy subject, trite

See it if You like holocaust stories with a plot that is predictable. Acting was ok. Show had an important message but wasn't convincing.

Don't see it if You don't like small neighborhood theatre. Topic is heavy and depressing.

Cliched, Banal, Disappointing, Feh!!!! poorly written, so-so-acting......excruciatingly "long" even though it was less than 90 minutes!, Never dull this play was!

See it if you have no experience with drama about the Holocaust......have a relative acting in it!

Don't see it if you like a n original view on the Holocaust...this show is cliched and poorly written.

Cast & Creatives (15)