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EXAMINING SILENCE “It Goes Without Saying” is a solo piece by acclaimed actor and mime Bill Bowers, above. Bill shares funny, heart-breaking and unbelievable true stories from his career and his lifelong exploration of the role silence plays in our lives. Previews begin Wed., Aug. 30. Opens Thurs., Sept. 7. Continues thru Oct. 8. Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 224 Waverly Place, bet W. 11th & Perry Sts. $37.50. 212-868-4444. www.smarttix.com.