Hand2Mouth | Repeat After Me. 10, 9, 8, 7... Nov 2, 2007
Repeat after me begins in a vulnerable way. "Can you hear me, is this loud enough?" as the mic check happens at the top of the show, bringing you right into the performance; American dance #1, PBR, pie eating, American tableaux #3, Toby Keith, American flag underwear, sentimental karaoke.
The piece satirizes an America that most Seattlites don't experience, but also highlights a patriotism that I began to long for by the end. Vulnerability is present in the performers themselves, who give their all throughout the entire piece, and they tear away wigs and costumes to get at what might be underneath the trappings of pop-culture America.
The vulnerability is what carries you through the piece. Moments in which the veil of patriotism is shed and we get a peak at a little truth underneath.
"You will know how you feel about your country in 89 minutes."