by Estelle Rosen
Is silent film making a comeback? First the popular film The Artist. Now theatre is trying it on for size with Keystone Theatre’s production of The Last Man on Earth, presented in the style of a silent film.
Basically, the concept is to portray corruption vs innocence. We have the evil man trying to corrupt an innocent young woman. I confess I’m not a big fan of mime, but I have seen mime that's been outstanding. Mime can only go so far with trying to tell this story. If there really was a story is questionable. Flat and repetitive comes to mind. When I look at my watch 25 minutes into the play, it's never a good sign. How may times do we have to see the traditional pie joke? Too many in this play.
The pianist (David Atkinson) was excellent.