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Jane Milmore (front), Billy Van Zandt (balloons) and the company of Silent Laughter. (Photo by Carol Rosegg) Inspired by Charlie Chaplin and the legends of pre-talky film, SILENT LAUGHTER brings roaring-20's silent movie mayhem live to the stage. New York audiences went wild for this gag-filled water sloshing, bed crashing, pie throwing craziness. Performed in black and white with title cards projected over the actors' heads, and a live theatre organ accompanying every doubletake, this comic tour de force stars a dashing hero who overcomes jail, poverty, World War I and a dastardly villain, Lionel Drippinwithit, to win the girl of his dreams. She is the heiress to the Thickwad Screw Factory, a firm that has been "Screwing the American Public since 1861." The biggest pie fight the theatre world has ever seen caps the silent action. More than a tribute to the slapstick antics of Chaplin, Keaton and Arbuckle - this is a reverential recreation of a bygone era. "Hilarious! . . . Surprises abound in the inspired physical comedy."--Village Voice. "The best show running Off Broadway! . . . If this isn't a smash hit, there's no theatre god!"--WOR Radio. "Delightful."--N. Y. Times. "An adoring salute to the golden age of film and an innovative twist on live theatre!"--AP. Accompanying the slapstick shenanigans is a live movie-house organ (just like the ones from cinema's bygone era) and one hundred flying custard pies a night! So get set to shout, scream and roar with laughter--SILENT LAUGHTER

SILENT LAUGHTER opened Off-Broadway at the Lambís Theatre on March 9, 2004 and closed April 11, 2004. Here's what critics said about the show:

DELIGHTFUL! An affectionate amusing tribute to the heyday of silent film comedy with romance, high and low jinks and a climactic pie fight.--New York Times

A tour-de-force! Hilarious! Clever! This is one crowd-pleaser where you needn't feel embarrassed to be part of the crowd. Surprises abound in the productionís inspired physical comedy.--The Village Voice

Simple, old-fashioned fun for the whole family. 90 minutes of mute silliness that features pants ripping, water sloshing, prat falling, bed crashing and, of course, pie throwing. Everyone is certain to enjoy a swell time!--Newark Star-Ledger

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