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    Drama Review: Use ‘Cigarettes and Chocolate’ to get the discussion flowing

    With the vice presidential debate over and the blizzard of words settled, the play “”Cigarettes and Chocolate,”” is there to put everything into perspective.

    “”Propaganda. How we use words against each other. Watch any of the (presidential) speeches right now. It’s ridiculous,”” said Matthew Bowdren, director of “”Cigarettes and Chocolate”” and an actor in the show.

    This play looks at communication in a different way. It highlights the impulse people feel to fill space with words, and how people are not comfortable with silence; when confronted with it, most do not know how to react.

    “”(This play) is good to spark conversation, especially between parents and students,”” Bowdren said.

    Rogue After Curfew and The Now Theatre have come together to offer the late-night show “”Cigarettes and Chocolate”” by Anthony Minghella, the author best known for “”The English Patient”” and “”The Talented Mr. Ripley.”” The show’s cast and crew is made up entirely of UA students and alumni. They strive to provide relevant theater to the Tucson area, Bowdren said.

    “”Cigarettes and Chocolate”” centers on a woman, Gemma, who decides to give up speaking for Lent. Slowly but surely, her friends find themselves realizing the pointlessness of most of their words and the conversations they use to fill space. As a result of Gemma’s vow of silence, they are pulled away from their hip and pseudo-existential lifestyles and forced to confront their personal blameworthiness as part of an ever-changing world.

    “”(Cigarettes and Chocolate is) not a classic. It’s not Shakespeare. It’s a newer play. It’s different,”” Bowdren said.

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