Theatregoers enjoying Ragtime on Broadway get to appreciate one side of Emma Goldman's character. A fighter for the working man and an anarchist championing free will, Goldman serves as a loud and proud spokesvoice for trade unions.
There were other sides to the woman who said, "If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution," and some of those are on view in a Off-Off-Broadway production, Emma Goldman: A Noise In The Silence, which opened Feb. 4 and ends its scheduled run Feb.15 at the Mint space on West 43rd St.
Written by Tamara Ellis Smith with Deborah Heimann and Claudia Traub, Noise catches Goldman on the year of her death, 1940, after she's suffered a stroke that will deprive her of her most vital weapon: her voice. She then reminisces about a lifetime fighting for women's and workers' rights and against wage slavery, marriage, militarism and private property. J. Edgar Hoover once called her "the most dangerous woman in America."
Co-author Traub stars as Goldman in this solo drama, which features the design team of Michael McGarty (sets), Amela Baksic (costumes), Linda Ross (lighting) and Gerard Zoehfeld (sound). The show is produced by Alan Bernhard/DNA Productions along with Sydney Davolos and Nichole Larson.
For tickets ($15) and information on Emma Goldman: A Noise in the Silence at the Mint Space, 311 West 43rd St., call (212) 780-6295. -- By David Lefkowitz