Sotto Voce OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    February 15, 2014
    Closing:
    March 9, 2014

    Theater: Theatre for the New City / 155 First Avenue, New York, NY, 10003

    Synopsis: 

    Sotto Voce is a dream play in which a passionate, Jewish-Cuban young man (Saquiel) sets out to recover memories of the S.S. St. Louis which, in 1939, left Nazi Germany for Cuba filled with Jewish refugees but was turned back by Cuba, the U.S. and Canada. The young man's grandaunt was on the voyage. He seeks out a prominent, elderly, German-born novelist (Bemadette) who, as a young woman, loved a Jewish man who was a passenger to Cuba on the ship. Saquiel assumes the place of her lost lover in her powerful imagination. They both begin to fantasize a metaphysical love affair in which they share the conundrum of coming to grips with memories of that "voyage of the damned." She is trying to master them, he is seeking to understand them. The play venerates the supreme power of imagination that could bring these different people together.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Sotto Voce

    Romance Stirs on the Way Down Memory Lane. In ‘Sotto Voce,’ a Recluse Falls for a Voice on the Phone

    Laura Collins-Hughes

    February 18, 2014: In Nilo Cruz’s best-known play, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Anna in the Tropics, a Tolstoy novel read aloud has the power to alter lives. In Sotto Voce, his fanciful new drama about the borders of love, a story long unspoken is a similarly unbalancing force. Theater for the New City, which commissioned the piece, is giving it a handsome world premiere, directed by Mr. Cruz.

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