By Natalie Schachar, Tabletmag.com 2/4/2013
¨It was received very well, and the New York audience is a great audience, said Tal, in an interview at the NYU Skirball Center for Performing Arts. ¨It transcends so many cultures, it´s about humanity and the human spirit.¨Conceived and directed by Adina Tal, ¨Not By Bread Alone¨ is a production by Nalaga´at, the world’s only deaf-blind theater ensemble. While the actors cannot see or hear though, the loud applause over the last weekend of the New York showing may have confirmed that the play successfully bridged the communicative gap between cast and audience.
The entire performance happens in the time it takes the 11-member cast to bake bread in onstage ovens, and as the aroma wafts around the audience, the show becomes a true sensory experience. The actors rely on tactile signals from one another and they produce sights and sounds for the audience in a series of lively vignettes about their memories and dreams.
¨Welcome to our darkness and silence. We invite you to share our everyday lives together,¨ says actor Itzik Hanuna at the beginning of the show.