Old Plays: The Sound and The Schmurz

The stage is empty, in semidarkness. Suddenly, in a huggermugger of stumbling hurry and shouted directions, a family spills out of a stairwell, dropping luggage and household possessions all over the room, and collapsing in relief. Obviously a close thing, whatever it was. The lights come up as they freeze — father, mother, daughter and Negro maid—while into the tawdry room and out through the theater comes a dreadful ululation of voices.

This is "The Sound," from which they have fled their previous apartment downstairs—an apartment where, it seems, they had more rooms and possessions. But only Daughter Zenobia (Meg Foster)...

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