(blahblahblah)...BANG! Dec 15, 2007

by Tania Kupczak

Washington Ensemble Theatre’s blahblahblahBANG confronts you with two distinct modes of performance. The first includes rock climbing, aerials, striptease – typical of On the Boards’ self-described  “weird art environment. ”  ”¦BANG’s second mode remains true to its source, the 19th Century naturalistic drama Hedda Gabler, wherein the narrative proceeds through a realistic plotting of action and emotional argument that lead to Ibsen’s dark conclusion.

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Washington Ensemble Theatre | blahblahblahBANG press reviews Dec 14, 2007

by Tania Kupczak

Here are a few press reviews of the blahblahblahBANG show:

"We Review: blahblahblahBANG @ On the Boards" on Seattlest

"Desperate housewife's tale updated but not illuminated" in the Seattle Times

"All About Hedda" on The Stranger's Slog

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blahblahblahBANG Dec 14, 2007

by Tania Kupczak

Doggie treats, acrobatics,  “fuck ” (the word), fucking (the act), Radiohead, regurgitation, and a dream sequence featuring those creepy translucent plastic Halloween masks, make up just a short list of the reasons that  “blahblahblahBANG ” should have been an absurd and spectacular theatrical abomination, but which, as it turns out, the Washington Ensemble Theatre manages to miraculously utilize in the creation of a coherent, deeply felt, and thoroughly entertaining production of a classic Western theatre mainstay.

I am excruciatingly (and joyf

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blahblahblahBANG | The Parts are better than the Whole Dec 14, 2007

by Tania Kupczak

The difficulty I've always had with Hedda Gabler is that Hedda's fate is pre-determined due to action that takes place before the play begins. Once the audience opens the book on Hedda's life her fate and any conflict therein are certain - with little to no doubt on what this woman will do...how do you make that an interesting, urgent telling for today's audiences?

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Faustin Linyekula/Les Studios Kabako | Festival of Lies Dec 1, 2007

by Tania Kupczak

Welcome to our review blogs for Festival of Lies. Read the reviews below, click on the Comments button to read the comments of others and post your own thoughts.

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Faustin Linyekula's Festival of Lies Dec 1, 2007

by Tania Kupczak

When the Belgians created the prison they called the Congo, they gave it sort of half a national anthem, using the same melody as the Belgian anthem, but with new words, to the effect that Africans give thanks to King Leopold for bringing civilization. Then Mobutu gave it an anthem and Kabila and others too, one after another the soundtrack for the modern tragedy of Central Africa, which we hear in "Festival of Lies" as part of the score for a reenactment of this tragedy in dance, an art form not often given to such subjects.

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Faustin Linyekula review on Seattlest Nov 30, 2007

by Tania Kupczak

Check out this press review on Seattlest:

Out of Africa: Festival of Lies at On the Boards

"As a soukous band plays and the audience noshes on couscous, red rice, and chicken, all doused with a hearty amount of spicy peanut sauce, a man sways to the music while carrying a fluorescent light to the center of the floor.

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Faustin Linyekula and the Festival of Lies Nov 30, 2007

by Tania Kupczak

I have to be honest. When I first read that Faustin Linyekula was to turn On the Boards into an African  “social club and soukous party," the first image that came to mind was Disney World’s international village. I pictured a faux African nightclub where vacationer’s were encouraged to dance and spend money. Upon arrival I found the stage had indeed been transformed and the audience was encouraged to dance and spend money.

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Faustin Linyekula on KEXP Nov 26, 2007

by Tania Kupczak

Tune in to John Kertzer's African music show The Best Ambiance tonight at 7pm for a live interview with Faustin. You can listen on your radio dial at 90.3 FM or on-line at kexp.org. The show will be available in the KEXP streaming archive for two weeks, so if you missed the live broadcast, you can still listen to it on-line.

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Scott/Powell Performance press review Nov 19, 2007

by Tania Kupczak

Here's a press review of the Geography show:

"Get Out This Weekend: Geography at OtB" on Seattlest

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