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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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Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes May 12, 2011

Did you come see El Gallo? What did you enjoy about it and what did you find challenging? Leave us a comment with your thoughts!

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Shrieking glissandos and kisses - the music of El Gallo May 11, 2011

OtB’s Sound Technician Julian Martlew has been working with El Gallo's string octet since Sunday and had offered more insight into the music. Describing it as full-on classical with postmodern techniques (such as bow scrapes and playing rhythm on the instruments), Julian said the original composition splits the musicians into 2 quartets who have 2 different sets of music.

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Beginner's Guide to El Gallo May 11, 2011

The Mexico City-based Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes has been seen across 5 continents at some of the most prestigious festivals and venues, including everything from Germany’s Hebbel am Ufer (also known as the home of OtB alums Rimini Protokoll) to the Lincoln Center in NYC.

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Discounted tickets ARE available online Mar 9, 2011

Wondering where our discounts went when buying online? They're still there! Choose the number of tickets on the first page (even though the only choice you'll see is full price general admission). On the SECOND PAGE, you will see our regular discounts and can choose which ever (if any) apply at that point. We're not sure why this extra step suddenly showed up. But we've contacted our online ticket provider (Tickets.com) to help resolve this issue.

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