To Speak or Not to Speak

Alexander Short and Amanda Abrams in Odysseus Comes Home
We have been dabbling with speech in Penelope and Odysseus. Amanda and Alex are old moving partners now and have a lot of chemistry onstage. I find it fascinating to watch them talk like Penelope and Odysseus.

Last night, however, I found more tension in watching them search for  something to say, but fail. I mean, what do you say when you're about  to not see your spouse for years, and maybe never again?