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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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