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TBA Diary: Mike Daisey's All the Hours in the Day

Mike Daisey in hour 24

Getting into Mike Daisey’s epic, 24-hour monologue, All the Hours in the Day, was a lot of like boarding a really popular Disneyland ride. Long lines snaked all over Washington High School, and I passed four checkpoints before even making it to the lines. On the way I got my left wrist stamped with a jack o’lantern image and a grey wristband affixed to my right wrist and my ID checked twice.

But Andrea Stolowitz, Kate Bredeson and I snagged excellent close-up seats and settled in for a good hard sit on ancient auditorium chairs. We were the lightweights, however; along the sides of the auditorium, along the first floor’s side exits, were the True Believers: people with coolers, folding chairs and sleeping bags.
And then it starts. Promptly at 6 pm, words are projected onto an onstage screen: The Hour We Begin to Speak.

We all scream. And out comes Mike.
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Monday, September 19, 2011 by Mead Hunter

TBA Diary: A Dramaturg's Take on tEEth's Home Made

teeth home made

It’s high time I saw a performance by tEEth, the wildly popular dance company reprising its critical success Home Made in this year’s TBA Fest. Judging from the mob scene at Zoomtopia on Monday evening, I’m the last guy in town to find out about the company’s powerful work, choreographed by co-...   More
 
Thursday, September 15, 2011 by Mead Hunter

TBA Diary: Rude Mechs, The Method Gun

TBA, Time-Based Art festival, Rude Mechs, PICA

rude mechs the method gun

There’s a moment in The Method Gun in which a character is being interviewed for a television show. To the host’s consternation, the guest is of the irascible persuasion, and isn’t much interested in sticking to the subject. The funny thing about television, she tells her host (and I’m paraphrasing) is that you only...   More
 
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 by Mead Hunter

TBA Diary: Taylor Mac, Comparison Is Violence

taylor mac comparison is violence

Two things to know about Taylor Mac: yes, he is as absolutely fabulous as you’ve heard; and no, the faint of heart should not sit within easy reach of him. 

I caught Taylor’s uproarious cabaret last night, on the hottest night of the year, at Washington High Scho...   More
 
Monday, September 12, 2011 by Mead Hunter
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