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Theatre Review: ‘Speaking In Tongues,’ Upstairs At The Walnut

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(Susan Riley Stevens and William Zielinski comprise half the cast of "Speaking In Tongues" at the Walnut Street Theatre. Photo provided)

(Susan Riley Stevens and William Zielinski comprise half the cast of “Speaking In Tongues” at the Walnut Street Theatre. Photo provided)

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - The Walnut Street Theatre’s smaller, upstairs studio space is offering a rather unique piece of stagecraft: four actors creating nine characters in a play titled “Speaking In Tongues.”

Austrailian playwright Andrew Bovell has conceived a rather unique thriller whose title does not refer to the kind of gibberish frequently associated with a religious experience but to a set of interwoven narratives dealing with relationships in crisis — relationships born of passion and promise but currently in pain and regret.

While the play has its moments of honesty and humor, “Speaking In Tongues” appears a bit too glib and manufactured for its own good.

The play  is set to run through April 17th at the upstairs “Independence Studio on 3″ stage of the Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut Street in center city Philadelphia.

Reviewed by Bob Nelson, KYW Newsradio 1060.

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