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Loud "Silence!" at OKCTC

Oklahoma City Theatre Company’s production of “Silence! The Musical” by Hunter Bell, with music and lyrics by Jon and Al Kaplan, is a raunchy parody of the Oscar-winning film “Silence of the Lambs.”

“Silence!” follows the chronicle of eager FBI cadet Clarice as she tries to prove her worth by solving a string of gruesome murders. Despite the dangers of the assignment and the attitude of her superiors, Clarice is determined to earn a spot at the Bureau. She uses the help of infamous crazed cannibal psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter in order to try and find psycho killer Buffalo Bill before he strikes again. Along the way, she encounters immense peril, pure evil, workplace advances, plenty of catchy tunes and a plethora of lambs.

Megan Montgomery as “Clarice” gave a focused performance. She had moments of great humor as a satire of Jodie Foster (who played the corresponding role in the film), but sometimes the jokes were lost due to her accent, which was an excellent jibe in and of itself.

Lance Overdorff played the crazed “Doctor Lecter.” His subdued performance was appropriate for the role but left room for greater exploration. His solo number, however, is one that will not soon be forgotten; it left members of the audience laughing in tears.

Wil Rogers presented a fittingly uncomfortable “Buffalo Bill,” but it seemed at times that he held back. There’s no telling how humorously dark and demented Rogers could have gone had he pulled the proverbial trigger and gone all-out. Tyler Clark was endearing and darkly comical as “Papa.” Justin Rowe, likewise, added moments of key amusement as “Dr. Chilton” and “Lamb #4.” Kaylan Ferrell, Lana Henson, Jen Dear, and Nicholas Toscani all helped flesh out the reality of “Silence!” and bring this show to life.

Directed by Kory M. Kight-Pagala, this unique parody, while engaging, seemed out of rhythm at times. A runtime of about 105 minutes seemed just a little too long to forego the intermission, but the laughs kept coming to the very end.

The ensemble seemed to work quite well together and presented a tight package for the viewer. Beyond this was the effective use of language—in this case, a joint effort of the playwright and the cast. It is easy for obscenities to frighten an actor or take away from an otherwise effective moment, but the joy of the words flowed through the entire cast and no one missed a beat. While it is not necessary to see the movie “Silence of the Lambs” before watching “Silence! The Musical,” it will help give some context for a few of the jokes, and knowledge of the film may enrich the experience.

“Silence! The Musical” will be playing at 8 p.m. every Thursday through Saturday through Nov. 7 at the Civic Center City Space. You can find tickets online at or by calling the box office at (405) 297-2265.