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'Biography of Physical Sensation'
Which chair will be just right for you in Rubber Repertory's new show?
Arts Story  October 15, 2010, by Katherine Catmull
"...But that tricky choice is always at the core of Rubber Repertory's work, especially its new show – Play? Piece? Let's say experience. – Biography of Physical Sensation, which opens Oct..."

The Drink/Drank/Drunk Issue: Stages of Inebriation
To drink or not to drink – for local thespians, no question
DAILY Arts  July 3, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...I like to imagine that when I am 86, I will get one more shot of tequila and a cold, cold Mexican beer and a cigarette, and when I finish all that the barkeep will reveal himself to be Jesus and let me know that I am dead and can drink and smoke all I want. When I went to Rubber Repertory’s Biography of Physical Sensation, I was randomly assigned a set of experiences that would have included being offered a shot of whiskey with no warning about what it was, but some of the performers knew this could be a serious problem for me, so they adapted the experience on the spot, and, as I remember it, poured out the shot and let me smell it, and then one of them took the shot herself and continued with the experience, which had me lay my head on a table and watch part of an old B&W movie through the distorted view of the now empty shot glass..."

Top 10 Notable Theatrics of 2011
Recalling how scoundrels, amphibians, and grace brightened Austin stages in 2011
Arts Story  January 6, 2012, by Adam Roberts
"...1) 'BIOGRAPHY OF PHYSICAL SENSATION' (Rubber Repertory) Admittedly, I wasn't able to catch the 2011 remount of this wild, boundary-breaking circus of sensations. But if it was anything like the original production of 2010, I'm sure I wouldn't have stopped talking about it (again) for months...."

TOP 10 Theatrical Wonders of 2010
A theatre year with a tipsy crew, a zoo, a shrew, and lots of cross-dressing
Arts Story  January 7, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...10) 'BIOGRAPHY OF PHYSICAL SENSATION' (RUBBER REPERTORY) A theatrical experiment that reduced one woman's life to components of sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch, and in transferring them to an audience, expanded it into a something surprisingly communal, rich in connections and shared humanity. Honorable Mentions..."

Top of the Line
The nominees for the 2011 Austin Critics Table Awards
Arts Story  May 27, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...Biography of Physical Sensation, Rubber Repertory..."

Rubber Repper Redux
The Biography of Physical Sensation returns!
DAILY Arts  April 20, 2011, by Wayne Alan Brenner


We Don't Think They're Not in Kansas Anymore
Austin's Rubber Repertory rents a former church in Kansas and fills it with a diversity of artists
Arts Story  August 2, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Josh Meyer and Matt Hislope, founders and directors of the Rubber Repertory theatre company, had gone on indefinite hiatus following their original, stunning Jubilee at the Off Center in April 2012. After 10 years of bringing this city such odd and compelling spectacles as the Biography of Physical Sensation and Surprise Annie and The Casket of Passing Fancy and Mister Z Loves Company, the two University of Kansas alumni staged their final public show and parted ways: Meyer to L.A., to ply his commercial-acting trade and reignite a romantic connection there; Hislope to return to a gig among the hardworking jesters of Esther's Follies on Sixth Street...."

Might Be More Art Than You Can Handle, Baby
Esopus. Rubber Repertory. So many links.
DAILY Arts  September 4, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...And yet, consider the most elaborate and transformational productions from that theatre company: The Casket of Passing Fancy and Biography of Physical Sensation. These were brilliant anthologies of human experience, of art, engaged via the machinery of live showbiz and parlor games..."

Checking All the Connections
Intersections of the inside and outside and queerness...
DAILY The Gay Place  November 10, 2010, by Julie Gillis
"...Secondly: There's Biography of Physical Sensation, by Rubber Repertory, which I saw a few weeks ago – (click to read review here). Amazing..."

Art To Enchant
The winners of the 2010-11 Austin Critics Table Awards
Arts Story  June 10, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...Rubber Repertory for Biography of Physical Sensation These Are the Droids You're Looking For Award..."

Discomfort Zone
How far can Rubber Repertory push you?
Arts Story  April 13, 2012, by Dan Solomon
"...They seemed willing to go anywhere. They were all really committed." At this point in the company's career, Rubber Repertory is likely to attract the sort of performers who find being "up for anything" and "going on a journey" to be especially appealing: This is the company that built its reputation on performances including the "X-rated self-help odyssey" Mister Z Loves Company, the outright pornographic A Thought in Three Parts, and the audience-participatory performance pieces Biography of Physical Sensation – which involved an audience member wearing a vibrator throughout the duration of the show, among other experiences – and The Casket of Passing Fancy, in which audience members were offered opportunities like "Who wants to be made into a sandwich and eaten?" and "Who wants a one-on-one yoga session in the nude?"..."

Biography of Physical Sensation
A re-creation of a person's sensory experiences that shouldn't be missed
Arts Review  October 22, 2010, by Avimaan Syam
"...Biography of Physical Sensation..."

Stage, Left: Exit Josh Meyer
The co-honcho of Rubber Repertory heads for Hollywood
DAILY Chronolog  May 14, 2012, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...After all, Meyer and Hislope were responsible for bringing the world Wallace Shawn's A Thought in Three Parts – a live-action pornography (at least in its second Part) that moved the visiting playwright to tears with its power & verisimilitude. More importantly, in the river of years now downstream, the duo premiered their original works Red Cans and The Casket of Passing Fancy and Biography of Physical Sensation and Surprise Annie and, most recently, Jubilee. NB: No, we haven't forgotten Mister Z Loves Company, you sick little monkey. They brought a long run of productions that didn't go unnoticed among all the other spectacles in this relentlessly burgeoning urb..."

Only the Fourth Wall Is Forever
After 10 years, Salvage Vanguard Theater is moving on
Arts Story  June 23, 2016, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Remember when Shannon McCormick and Lowell Bartholomee and Graham Reynolds brought two imaginary football teams to vibrant brother-vs.-brother rivalry in Unbeaten. When Rubber Repertory's Biography of Physical Sensation made everyone experience, as literally as it gets, the life of a woman named Jamie Damon..."

'Surprise Annie'
Who the hell is Annie La Ganga?
Arts Story  October 7, 2011, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...She's not Josh Meyer or Matt Hislope: They're the artistic directors of Rubber Repertory, the company behind Biography of Physical Sensation and The Casket of Passing Fancy and Wallace Shawn's X-rated, never-before-produced-in-America A Thought in Three Parts. But Meyer and Hislope – that adventurous Mutt and Jeff duo who also brought clever Dial-a-Tune songster Dick Price back into the limelight – are friends of La Ganga's..."

Small Audiences, Large Souls
At the Fusebox Festival, size matters, but that doesn't always mean 'big'
Arts Story  April 22, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...And the "small" audience for it is more likely to appreciate the effort that went into its making. Pulling together the artists and projects that comprise Fusebox, Berry is sensitive to "experiences you can only have in small settings." It may be something like Rubber Repertory's Biography of Physical Sensation, in which the audience of 35 shares in opportunities to feel, taste, smell, hear, and see very specific sensory experiences rooted in one woman's life history; or Bottled-in-Bond: The Decline and Fall of a Thug Told in Five Drinks, part of the new Fusebox culinary series (see "Digestible Feats," below) in which 20 people slam back a few specially created cocktails together in the Tigress Pub while listening to a noirish tale of criminal misfortune; or The Bench, by Ant Hampton of theatre company Rotozaza and British writer Glen Neath, in which two strangers serve as both audience and actors, taking part in a scripted dialogue fed to them line by line over headphones..."

Top 10 Gifts From 2010 (In Random Order)
Savoring 2010's immaculate acting, arresting beauty, and over-the-top comedy
Arts Story  January 7, 2011, by Avimaan Syam
"...4) 'BIOGRAPHY OF PHYSICAL SENSATION' (RUBBER REPERTORY) With each show, Rubber Rep makes me conceive of theatre in a new way, and for that I'm eternally grateful...."

All Over Creation: Come Together
You're not alone in the theatre, and there's power in that
Arts Column  September 23, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...As with so many aspects of our society, the focus on the individual obscures our view of the collective; "What show am I seeing?" trumps "What show are we seeing?" September 11 shifted that in the theatre and concert hall as elsewhere, but since the national unity we felt then eventually faded, it isn't surprising that it faded in the arts as well. In the decade since, I've experienced that affecting bond among audience members a handful of times – during The Laramie Project at Zach Theatre, Blue Lapis Light's Requiem, Forklift Danceworks' The Trash Project, the Rude Mechs' Decameron Day 7: Revenge!, Rubber Repertory's Biography of Physical Sensation and The Casket of Passing Fancy – but mostly that's been because the creators have made an explicit effort to incorporate into the work a sense of community, and even active participation...."

Top 10 Favorite Arts-Related, Ah, Things From the Past 12 Months
A surfeit of visual-arts splendors and transcendent theatre elevate 2010
Arts Story  January 7, 2011, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...3) 'BIOGRAPHY OF PHYSICAL SENSATION' (RUBBER REPERTORY) Rubber Rep translated one woman's well-documented personal history into a public evening of sensory events performed on and/or by the audience of 40 people nightly. A frequent postshow response: "I expected it to be weird and uncomfortable, but it was weird and so much fun."..."

Oil's Well That Ends Well
Books Story  May 6, 1999
"...He wasn't. When Tarzan of the Apes was published in 1912, the former pencil-sharpener salesman from Chicago became a 36-year-old overnight sensation..."

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