10 out of 12 OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

Photo: James Estrin
  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    May 28, 2015
    Closing:
    July 18, 2015

    Theater: Soho Repertory / 46 Walker Street, New York, NY, 10013

    Synopsis: 

    Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to tech. Around you, a company of 14 is engaged in the very peculiar—and peculiarly impossible—task of making a new play. You’ll have a seat next to the sound designer as he mixes cues. You’ll eavesdrop on backstage gossip as it happens over headset. You’ll watch the director struggle to contain the uncontainable. Anne Washburn ("Mr. Burns") took notes during her tech rehearsals over the years. Directed by Les Waters, 10 out of 12 is a wry and absorbing look at how work forms us and deforms us. A Soho Rep. commission made possible, in part, by Joe Robertson.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF 10 out of 12

    In ‘10 out of 12’ at Soho Rep, the Audience Tunes In to the Crew

    Ben Brantley

    June 10, 2015: Ever been bored into rhapsody? Every so often, a strange and ecstatic vision rises from the carefully tended tedium of “10 out of 12,” Anne Washburn’s evocation of that special state of theater purgatory known as the tech rehearsal, which opened on Wednesday night at Soho Rep in a production directed by Les Waters. This insider’s ode to the labors of love undergone in putting on a play, based partly on notes Ms. Washburn took during five years of sitting in on such rehearsals, doesn’t shy away from those moments — nay, hours — when all you’re aware of is the labor part. In “10 out of 12” (the title refers to the 10 hours Actors’ Equity allows its members to work in a 12-hour period) audiences are invited to feel the pain that goes into the business of make-believe. Well, pain is perhaps too exciting a word for what’s experienced during those prepreview rehearsals when a technical crew nails down its sound and lighting cues. More often, it’s numbness — enlivened by flickers of punch-drunk silliness and the flaring of tried tempers — that descends on the participants in this darkness before the dawn of a new production.

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