William Stevenson
July 09, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Thwak (Stage, 1999)

Current Status
In Season

We gave it an A-

A felicitous mix of mime, sound effects, and general wackiness, the Umbilical Brothers’ Thwak is hard to describe but easy to love. The Australian duo consists of David Collins (who does most of the miming) and Shane Dundas (who provides remarkably convincing vocal sound effects). Their rapid-fire, 80-minute show’s high points include the abuse of latecomers and a puppet show involving a bunny and a mallet. Even if you think you hate mimes, you won’t hate Thwak. A-

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