Two years ago this weekend, toward the end of Mark Haim’s “The Goldberg Variations, ” Tonya Lockyer sat in a cone of light on the Mainstage at On the Boards and seemed to channel the very soul of the darkest, most spiritual variation in Bach’s sublime work. I still treasure the beauty and power of Lockyer’s performances that weekend. I knew then that I’d want to see anything she created.
It’s been eighteen hours since Tonya’s Lockyer’s solo performance in “Consumed. ” Images and messages are still sifting ”¦my initial thought after the show: Tonya is an INCREDIBLE performer. PERIOD. The dancing: gutsy, nuanced, articulate and dynamically rich – she is a master of qualitative specificity, from sassy T&A jazz (hilarious and awful) to luscious carving and arcing to the most amazing full-bodied trembling (after sharing the horrific story about Monika ”¦).
Here are some FAQ's about our upcoming karaoke party.
Q What songs are available?
A Check out the online songbookQ Are slots being reserved for VIP’s?
A Nope! We’re working on a first-come, first-served basis.
Welcome to our review blog for Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven (A show about white people in love). Read our patron reviews, click on the Comments button to read the comments of others and post your own thoughts.
Young Jean Lee's show is the most pleasurable thing I've seen at On the Boards all season. It was a hilarious treatise of love and self-hate as she looks at what it means for her to be an Asian woman. She toys with uncomfortably racist protrayals of traditional Korean women and scenes mocking white people's relationships, juxtaposed with moments acknowledging that she wants to be white, followed by direct threats that minorities hate white people and will one day reign supreme.
The first thing I notice when I walked into the theater space was the stark contrast between the pacifying row of paper lanterns, murals and rock garden, and the barren and austere stage. The set seemed incomplete and I couldn't help but think of ways Young Jean Lee could have made this more "Asian." Design a Pagoda perhaps? Yet the juxtaposition of the entrance and set seemed to suit the similarly contrasting title of the show.
So I get to OtB thinking I was running late, and there's a huge pile up at the door of the mainstage. Okay. I see that the only entrance to the seats is to walk all the way around the set. I get it...it's a journey. However, all the people in front of me were walking very slowly. The mood was contemplative. There were lanterns hung above, and paintings in an asian motif on the exterior of the set. I was bored. Everyone around me, in contrast, was seemingly fascinated and walking VERY SLOWLY. Am I being overly cynical? Am I not opening myself up to new experiences?