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Silence speaks louder than words on stage

July 17, 2006 at 4:39 PM

LONDON, July 17 (UPI) -- London stage actors have replaced dialogue with subtle facial expressions, gestures and posturing to communicate their thoughts to the audience.

Actor Michael Gambon conveys the internal workings of his mind even though he is completely silent during the entire half-hour production of Samuel Beckett's "Eh Joe" at the Duke of York's Theatre, the New York Times reported Monday.

Because "Eh Joe" was originally conceived for TV, his face is projected onto a giant screen for the audience as he emotes to a female voice hurling criticism and accusations.

Judi Dench, Jeremy Irons, Juliette Lewis, Derek Jacobi and Fiona Shaw are also employing the technique to open their characters' minds to public view.

In the Broadway production of "Amy's View," Dench showed her mastery of the techniques of "making thought visible," The Times said.

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