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2014 Festival Artists: Hand2Mouth Jun 12, 2014

Some stuff to know about Portland's reigning theater champs, Hand2Mouth:

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Hand2Mouth Theatre | <i>Repeat After Me</i> Nov 2, 2007

Welcome to our review blogs for Repeat After Me. Read the reviews below, click on the Comments button to read the comments of others and post your own thoughts.

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Hand2Mouth | Repeat After Me. 10, 9, 8, 7... Nov 2, 2007


Repeat after me begins in a vulnerable way. "Can you hear me, is this loud enough?" as the mic check happens at the top of the show, bringing you right into the performance; American dance #1, PBR, pie eating, American tableaux #3, Toby Keith, American flag underwear, sentimental karaoke.

The piece satirizes an America that most Seattlites don't experience, but also highlights a patriotism that I began to long for by the end.

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Hand2Mouth | <i>Repeat After Me</i>, not a repeat for me Nov 2, 2007

I have a really hard time with chaotic theater. It's a rare show that captures my attention and keeps me from engaging my obsessive desires for thematic order and visual clarity. When I watched the 20-minute version of this piece during the NW New Works Festival this past spring, I just did not get it. Yeah, there were times when I laughed out loud, but I wasn't at all certain the work could be stretched into an evening-length performance without also stretching the premise incredibly thin.

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hand2mouth: messy, sticky, gooey fun Nov 2, 2007

It must be said that 'Repeat After Me' is not a rigorous investigation of patriotism or the country culture that produces songs like "Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue" and "Where the Stars and Stripes and Eagle Fly." There are some interesting juxtapositions, and the cast does a pretty good job of singing the songs straight and not mocking them (though the recurring stripping down to American flag underwear and same-sex kisses suggests a non-red-state perspective), but this show is more about creating theatrical spectacle than political analysis.

And as spectacle, it's entirely enjoyab

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