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Creating a Sense of Legitimacy - Sarah Rudinoff in The Stranger Mar 28, 2016


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Happy That They Shared It: My Date With a Stranger for Dana Michel's Yellow Towel Mar 9, 2016

Part of the fun of lugging total strangers to On the Boards is that I get a dual surprise: I never know what to expect of either the show OR the person I'm about to meet. Awren Schwartz, my stranger for Dana Michel's Yellow Towel, did something awesomely unexpected and arrived at our platonic date with presents.

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Dana’s Michel’s YELLOW TOWEL: Veiled and Vulnerable Mar 8, 2016

Where am I in this?

She is in it for herself.

That’s not a bad thing.

 

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Performance Review: She the Black Child in the House Mar 8, 2016

Joyce Liao is a post-disciplinary artist from Seattle, often using improvised and choreographed movement, writing, videos or visual images as her creative media. This piece of writing is a reflection of the story woven in her mind while watching the performance.

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"Just Sitting Down Seems Impossible" - The Stranger on "Yellow Towel" Mar 6, 2016

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Yellow Towel Review Mar 4, 2016

When I walked into On the Boards last night to view Dana Michel’s Yellow Towel I was already in a mindset of comparisons. It’s often how I process, by comparing things. It’s the wonder of simile and metaphors and the workings of a poet.  Kendrick Lamar’s new album, or rather EP “untitled. unmastered” was set to drop at midnight and as hip hop’s most influential artist currently (in my opinion) I was primed to see what would come of it after the immense success and risk taking and historical relevance that was his previous album To Pimp a Butterfly. See? Comparison.

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Performance Review: YELLOW TOWEL Mar 4, 2016

i am a blonde woman.

i am a blonde woman who grows my hair out twelve inches or more at a time in order to chop it off and donate it.

i am a person who takes pride in my blonde hair.

i imagine it as a wig on the head of some white child with no hair of her own. i imagine her joyful.

 

there is a wig on stage, made up of some blonde hair.

a black woman. a blonde wig.

 

i have never before considered what my blonde hair might mean to that black woman.

 

Yellow Towel is a deep and unrelenting investigation.

 

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JULIA performance review Feb 17, 2016

When I came into the theater to grab the seat that I had reserved for myself earlier in the evening, it was taken. Laughing, white faces were sitting in my seat, and instinctually I knew not to raise a fuss, to find a seat elsewhere. When I looked around the only people willing to let me sit with them, were the only other black people in the crowd.

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Performance Review: JULIA Feb 15, 2016

August Strindberg‘s play “Miss Julie”, written in 1888, is a story of the walls that exist between people. The walls between the young and wealthy Julie and her father’s valet Jean are palpable. Unlike so many upstairs downstairs stories, this story makes no attempt to break down these walls. Misogyny, racism, and classism are fiercely clung to. There's no sympathy, only lethal attempts to dominate. The actions and words between the two main characters, taking place in a single night, illustrate that these wall may appear to move but they can never come down.

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Is it real? Is it still a show?: My date with a stranger for Christiane Jatahy's Julia Feb 15, 2016

If you're going to watch something gut-punchingly devastating, is it better to know ahead of time what you're getting yourself in for?

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