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Part 2: Hedreen Gallery - FACE TIME with the 2011 NW New Works Festival May 25, 2011

Following up on last weekend's showing of Mainstage artists in the NW New Works Festival, OtB and The Hedreen Gallery at the Lee Center for the Arts will partner together again to give a little more access to some of the artists working in the Studio Theater as part of this year's NW New Works Festival.

Join us this Saturday, May 28, from 5:30-7:30pm and catch the following:

Christin Call / Coriolis Dance Collective | 5:30 – 6pm
try to hover (or Private Practice 7)
June 10 @ 8pm | June 11 - 12 @ 5pm

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Hedreen Gallery – FACE TIME with the 2011 NW New Works Festival May 19, 2011

This weekend OtB and The Hedreen Gallery at the Lee Center for the Arts will partner together to give a little more access to some of the artists working in the Mainstage Theater as part of this year's NW New Works Festival.

Join us this Saturday, May 21, from 3 - 5pm and catch the following:

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New York Times review of Catherine Cabeen May 16, 2011

On the heals of her OtB premiere of Into the Void Catherine Cabeen took her newest work to NYC's Joyce Soho theater this past weekend. Here is the the awesome NY Times review of the piece. And kudos to her collaborators Julian Martlew, OtB's sound techician, and Jay McAleer, our former technical director!

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Comments in my inbox May 14, 2011

Here's a sampling of what's landed in my inbox after last night's performance of El Gallo!

Mix comedic opera and avant garde pantomime with a dash of surrealism and what do you get: 90 minutes of pure joy!
-Josef V

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El Gallo May 13, 2011

I once had a dream in which I went to audition to be in a famous composer's new opera. Upon arriving, I quickly learned that it was in fact not an audition but opening night. The performance had already begun, and I stood in the wings with the composer, who was encouraging me to go out on stage. I was petrified, having no idea what the opera was about or what I should do. He said, "Just go out and do whatever you want, I'm sure it will be fine." So I crawled out and writhed around on the floor in agony for what seemed like a very long time. It was definitely not fine.

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Reviews of El Gallo May 13, 2011

Here's what critics have to say about El Gallo so far:

"Opera parody 'El Gallo' frolics at On the Boards" - Crosscut

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The-Girl-Who-Can't-Really-Sing (the movie) May 13, 2011

by John Osebold

Thanks for bringing El Gallo to OtB. Another unique puzzle piece in the 10-11 season that makes for a grand whole.

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The Big Night May 13, 2011

by Gina Russell

It starts off simple, an ensemble member quietly entering the stage soon after the house opens, but the nerves, as each subsequent member enters, are palpable.  The show brings together five performers, each with their own strengths and flaws, and a director, who blatantly critiques them all, as they try to create, rehearse and eventually perform a new choral piece.

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Babble May 13, 2011

The babbling of a made-up language is fun and funny. It's also beautiful, melodic and expressive. Reminiscent of more recognizable sounds it's also quite serious and not babbling at all, but makes perfect sense...I can understand what's being said and what's illustrated by such effecting performances. Individual stories, the progression and resolution of drama, all the chewy details delivered.

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What did you say? May 12, 2011

Language has always expressed more through it's connection to music than its current (almost exclusive) literal function. The force with which something is said, what is accented, the tempo...these give more visceral clues to what humans mean when we try to communicate with each other than the words themselves. El Gallo presents us with an audition, a rehearsal process, and a performance of a fictional opera in a completely made up language.

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