Repertory: Pictures in the Air

The dramatic program—ranging from Kabuki plays to slapstick to poetry reading—is broad enough to challenge the resources of any normal theatrical troupe. Yet none of the principal actors of the National Theater of the Deaf utters a word, and only one of them can hear. No matter; the pacing and performance are unmistakably professional, and the critical notices are in the rave category. Currently on a six-week tour of 18 Northeastern cities, the company opened at Manhattan's Hunter College Playhouse last week to tumultuous applause.

The theatrical language of the National Theater is...

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