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Back to Back Theatre | <i>Seattle Times</i> review May 30, 2008

The Seattle Times reviews small metal objects:

Seattle's Olympic Sculpture Park is a haven for joggers, dog walkers and amblers.

You wander amid artworks, taking in magnificent water and mountain views, maybe chatting with a friend. But do you ever wonder about the strangers strolling by? And their conversations? READ MORE

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Back to Back Theatre | <i>Seattle Weekly</i> Review May 30, 2008

Seattle Weekly posted an on-line review of last night's performance.

The audience sits in chairs, listening to the performance in headphones while the actors come upon them out of the crowd, telling the story of two invisible men. READ MORE

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Back to Back Theatre | <i>small metal objects</i> May 30, 2008

Welcome to our review blog for small metal objects. Read our patron reviews, click on the Comments button to read the comments of others and post your own thoughts.

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Back to Back: Listen. May 30, 2008

Listen. I want you to hear from me, I mean really hear, but how do I do it in an unapologetic-politico-equivocal, diesel-engine, hyperbolic-radio-shout-advertising-saturated world? Common wisdom is if you want to be heard then you better speak the power language, get on board, put up or shut up. If you can’t do it, you’re weak, apathetic, obstinate, and/or impaired. Challenged. I do a lot of double-thinking, double-speaking just to figure out how to communicate authentically, even with myself. The result can often be publicly embarrassing.

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back to back theatre May 30, 2008

*The author of this blog assumes that you are already familiar with "small metal objects", by reading other posts or summaries, or seeing it yourself.

This piece left me with a rare emotional dichotomy: I'm certain that I understand what happened, how it was constructed, why certain choices were made...and yet I'm simultaneously lost in the uncertainty of meaning that seemed to permeate the piece. DID I GET IT? Do I really understand what I just saw? I suppose it doesn't matter. It gave me a certain feeling, and that feeling was warm and compassionate.

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back to back theatre's sublime spectacle and the cinematic embrace of masculinity May 30, 2008

 “I don’t want to lose you Gary. ”

To sit within the Olympic Sculpture Park with the mandate to look and listen, aided by microphones and headphones is to occupy a place of privilege. Suddenly, rather then hiding the fact that you are engaged in voyeuristic practices, you are laid bare as a spectacle. The Voyeur. The Audience.

 “I don’t want to cry in front of a guy. ”

The story of small metal objects is partly a story of masculinity that, much like the performance, is always in motion.

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back to back theater | small metal objects May 30, 2008

That place, those moments, this relation, these voices, when they capture something of the essence of being human and makes it immediate, there, staged, is the heart of the matter for me when it comes to theater. Here the stage is the Sculpture Park. We watch and listen a long time before we see any actors, yet the actors are certainly there. The noises of the city and the passers by in the park even the obnoxious jets roaring by overhead seemed to be somehow choreographed into the strangely affecting minimalist music and the funny, affirming, thoughtful dialogue.

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Press Preview for Back to Back Theatre May 23, 2008

Small metal objects gets a preview write-up in today's Seattle Times.

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Back to Back Theatre | Audio Interview May 20, 2008

Have a listen to an audio interview with Bruce Gladwin, the artistic director of Back to Back Theatre.

Click here to download the mp3 file.

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OtB NW New Works Fact (opinion) List May 20, 2008

*viewer has opted to not fully describe the content and appearance of each piece, as there are many other worthy summaries on the blog list, and the assumption is that you already have a decent picture of them in your mind. rather, this fact (opinion) list is meant to provide another voice on top of those already heard.

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