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10 out of 12

From 9 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Original, Ambitious, Funny, Intelligent

About the show

Soho Rep presents its commission of Anne Washburn's '10 out of 12,' a wry and absorbing look at how work forms and deforms us, set during a technical theatre rehearsal. More…

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. This play was borne out of years of note-taking by Anne Washburn at various tech rehearsals in her career.

Member Reviews (9)


Clever, Original, Ambitious, Funny, Intelligent
Avg Score

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you enjoy plays about the theatre—especially those that take place before the audience enters.

Don't see it if you don't like backstage stories.

Clever, Funny, Original, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if you like to peek behind the scenes, enjoy theatre people, like things meta.

Don't see it if you don't think you could give yourself over to not knowing what's going on every minute, don't like backstage dramas/comedies.

Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious, Intelligent, Funny

See it if you've ever endured a tech rehearsal.

Don't see it if listening to a stage manager run a rehearsal/call a show sounds like torture to you.

Ambitious, Intelligent, Resonant, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you want a glimpse at the backstage drama of putting up a drama. Very inventively staged.

Don't see it if you want clear, linear storytelling. The theatrical techniques used were much more compelling than the actual play.

Delightful, Ambitious, Intelligent, Slow, Original

See it if you work in theatre, want to know how theatre works, or just love theatre and used to do it.

Don't see it if backstage shenanigans make you bored, you think backstage drama should be obvious and uncomplicated, you have no interest in theatre.

Ambitious, Clever, Original, Refreshing, Intelligent

See it if You've ever worked on a play in any capacity or curious re: "the process" of theatre. This is Theatre as act of production and of obligation

Don't see it if You don't care about the meta or behind the scenes aspects of theatre, and want a more clear-cut beginning, middle and end.

Clever, Funny, Inside joke, Original

See it if You are a theater person, you always wondered how shows are created, you love backstage antics

Don't see it if You like traditional narrative structure, you hate inside jokes, you didn't like when the Man Behind the Curtain was revealed

Left early, Overrated, Tedious, Offbeat, Indulgent

See it if you enjoy quirky and clever-for-clever's sake

Don't see it if you work in theatre

Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Belly-gazing

See it if You are a theatre maker

Don't see it if You don't like or go to the theatre frequently

June 10th, 2015
"The show is at its best when something like accidental art happens, in which restlessness and exasperation mix spontaneously and combustibly with the unassembled elements of the play...It does give us an enchanting denouement. I won’t spoil it for those of you willing to swim through the ocean o...
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June 10th, 2015
"Boredom is a component of '10 Out of 12.' The density of information and layered narrative is thrilling, yet at more than two-and-a-half hours, it’s still an endurance test. But if, like this critic, you served in the trenches of Off-Off Broadway, particularly in the ’90s­, this backstage tour w...
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June 10th, 2015
"Exceptionally funny and moving...The entire cast, under the jaw-droppingly fine direction of Les Waters, is dead-on. And it’s quite amazing to see Washburn pull the rabbit of real theater out of an obviously trick hat. My problem is that the rabbit is not very consequential...Cutting some of the...
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June 10th, 2015
"Les Waters’ fluid production hits a few easy targets along the way and as it crosses the 2.5 hour mark, the feeling of ennui settles in the audience as easily as those in an actual tech rehearsal...But Washburn and Waters truly nail the small details: the funny dances actors do to amuse themselv...
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