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ArtZone recommends Transition Oct 9, 2009

ArtZone host Nancy Guppy recommends Transition around the 22 minute Mark. Watch the video on the Seattle Channel site.

(and watch afterwards to see Waxie Moon!)

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First opening night party of 09/10! Oct 9, 2009

That's right - next week will be our first after-party of the year. It's an ongoing tradition that after the opening night of each NW Series performance we - OtB staff, the cast/crew of the show and you  - head down to the Sitting Room to celebrate and hang out. We tend to throw a decent party  and, while this will be a karaoke-less event, it'll be a good time.

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More about Tommy Smith Oct 8, 2009

Tommy Smith -  WA native, playwright, director and lip dubber - has had a history of collaborating with Reggie Watts that extends from the stage to video. Outside of that collaboration, he's worked on a number of his own plays, including:

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Reggie and his looping Oct 7, 2009

Reggie is often recognized for his live looping - using his own voice to create an entire song (from beats to background vocals). Here's an example: reggiewatts Last May The Stranger's LineOut highlighted Reggie's tools and posted  an interview with the man himself:

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OtB receives over $130,000 from Dance USA! Oct 7, 2009

On the Boards has received $130,277 from Dance USA  through their pilot program,  Engaging Dance Audiences. It's in support of OtBTV (our soon to be launched performance video on demand program).

Read the full press release here.

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ArtDish on THE SHIPMENT Oct 7, 2009

Jim Demetre at ArtDish just posted a review of THE SHIPMENT:

When a Korean-American woman decides to take on the subject of race in America by writing a play about blackness cast solely with African American actors, the theater-going public is likely to be filled with curiosity, skepticism, or dread. But what happens when volatility and the promise of social revelation give way instead to an argument about the sorry state of American theater today?

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Looking forward to 12 Minutes Max, October 25 & 26 Oct 5, 2009

We've been coming to 12MM for about ten years and were recently thrilled to be given the opportunity to co-curate a show. After a day of auditions, we worked with Olivier Wevers to put together an engaging show of dance, theater, and performance art. And we're looking forward to seeing it all again: an intriguing mix of stories, movement, music, sensuality, tulips and a harmonica.

- Chris and Michael Sannella

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Young Jean Lee #1 Super Asian Oct 4, 2009

I first saw Young Jean Lee's Theater Company's Songs of the Dragon Flying to Heaven at On the Boards a couple seasons ago and I saw THE SHIPMENT on opening night last Thursday. It's almost impossible to not compare the two pieces I viewed; both works are "ethnic identity plays". Both were disorienting pieces that constantly had me shifting the way I was looking at the work, re-organizing what was going on onstage, settling into the uncomfortable atmosphere, and anticipating what was going to happen next. Both take bold, unflinching risks. In short, watching YJL's work is an exhilarating and engaging experience. This work is fluid, provocative, experimental, and the fearless kind of theater that everyone needs to see. An awesome way to kick off this season at OtB!

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"The Point of the Play Is Not to Soothe" Oct 3, 2009

Check out the review just posted on the Teen Tix blog:

The atmosphere is one of light joviality; the patrons of On the Boards anticipate something great. Most seats are full, the theater is humming with conversation-- then silence pervades, and The Shipment begins with a burst of light and movement.

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"A communal Rorschach test" Oct 3, 2009

Misha Berson at the Seattle Times reviews THE SHIPMENT:

On the Boards is opening its new season with a crude, confounding, provocative and at times ripely offensive performance piece. That's a good thing.

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