Film Noir, literally ‘black film or cinema’, describes a genre of dark, American crime and detective films produced in the late 1940’s. Jill Vice brings the classic elements of this genre to the stage.
She is completely at home in the role of a femme fatale, conniving and vulnerable, beautiful and monstrous. She narrates the story with a breathy, overly dramatic quality that is so reminiscent of all of the great actresses of that era.
A Fatal Step is a terrific showcase of Ms. Vice’s range is she portrays not only the leading character, but all the roles from Frank her lover, to Hope the rival for his affection, to his mother, and a very strange cab driver. She switches back and forth with changes in the tone and tempo of her voice and her posture. The changes are so seamless that sometimes you would swear there is more than one person on stage.
The dialogue is fast and funny and the show ends much too soon.
There’s still time to see her show: