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Theatre Replacement: Sexual Practices of the Japanese Feb 24, 2007

Welcome to our blog for Theatre Replacement: Sexual Practices of the Japanese! Leave a comment and give us your thoughts on the show or rate the existing reviews by clicking on the stars to register your opinion.

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Theatre Replacement blog <font size=2>by Gabriel Baron</font> Feb 23, 2007

At one point a designer of an electronic sexual stimulus device accuses a subordinate’s product proposal as  “lacking sophistication ”, a quality the show as a whole has in spades. In another moment, a character points out the Japanese culture’s knack for  “subtlety, understatedness, and Zen ”, qualities I also found in all aspects of the show, particularly the design, beautiful and ordinary, simple and striking.

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Theatre Replacement review <font size=2>by Kate Ratcliffe</font> Feb 23, 2007

Theatre Replacement's "Sexual Practices of the Japanese" makes use of cultural stereotypes similar to a bag of balloons: they blow into them until they're big enough to launch and smack you in the face.

Maiko Bae Yamamoto and Manami Hara begin the performance with a strong display of comic interaction and timing with their first of two interspersed absurdly bubbly in-unison-surveys with the "consumer." This simple, effortless way of immediately affiliating with the audience had the effect of removing my predisposed mood of distant observation, replacing it with a consent to follow their som

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Theatre Replacement: Ichiro, Brad Pitt's answer to Japan* <font size=2>by Kamla Hurst</font> Feb 23, 2007

What do you associate with the words sex and Japan? Huge, loose socks; soap; a baseball bat – do these images pop up? Theatre Replacement's "Sexual Practices of the Japanese," illuminates both why these are erotic touchstones of Japanese life, as well as the attitudes and perceptions of gender that animate these objects.

Through a litany of alternately amusing and troubling scenes, Theatre Replacement examines the daily humiliations and power plays Japanese women experience as they alternately compete for and retreat from the attentions of men.

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ArtDish Review of 12 Minutes Max Feb 23, 2007

Jim Demetre is the greatest. He shows up, always. He cares. He puts a lot of thought into what he's doing. And he wrote this right-on review of 12 Minutes Max. I think it's hard for writers to even consider reviewing this showcase, as it is only two nights, it's different every time, and a lot of the performers are unfamiliar (Jen Graves and Regina Hackett were both there, too, taking notes - but I haven't seen anything yet.).

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Theatre Replacement: Brazen in Title, Modest in Ambition <font size=2>by Bret Fetzer</font> Feb 22, 2007

Theatre Replacement's Sexual Practices of the Japanese has its moments: Audience interaction that turns into a giddy, giggling vaudeville; a sad encounter in a love hotel bthat spins towards embarrassed failure; a comically sniping argument about the virtues of different baseball statistics. But most of the show points towards something better that never quite arrives -- the intertwined stories never really gain any momentum; the description of a sexual assault on the subway never quite grips you emotionally; the Ichiro fandom never adds up to anything at all.

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PNB and Molly Scott/Jarrad Powell Feb 21, 2007

In April, PNB presents their "Celebrate Seattle Festival". OtB is particularly excited about the inclusion of  OtB alulmni Mary Sheldon (Molly) Scott and Jarrad Powell! The week-long program also features work by  Kiyon Gaines, Robert Joffrey, Merce Cunningham, Val Caniparoli, John Alleyne, Sonia Dawkins, Jacqueline Fuentes, Toni Pimble, Donald Byrd, Trisha Brown, Christopher Stowell, & Paul Gibson.

We thought it would be exciting to have Lane Czaplinski  interview Peter Boal about this new program for PNB:

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