Saturday, September 20, 2008

Reviews: The Casket of Passing Fancy, Rubber Repertory, October 10 - November 1

UPDATE: Barry Pineo describes his experience, Austin Chronicle of October 24

UPDATE: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin's three questions for Matt Hislope, October 15

UPDATE: SaraMarie's review from, ca. October 14

UPDATE: Review in the Austin 360 (Austin Statesman) by Joey Siler, October 13

UPDATE: Rubber Rep blog with images and postings of the offers chosen to date, performed and then discarded

Pre-opening article by Wayne Allen Brenner in the Austin Chronicle, October 9, including interview with show organizers Josh Meyer and Matt Hislope

Received on September 20 - -

"The Rubber Repertory presents The Casket of Passing Fancy
October 10 - November 1, Thursdays - Sundays at 8:00 p.m.
at the Blue Theatre, 916 Springdale Rd. East Austin

"At last! The Duchess is ready to make her offers, and a lifetime of regret is on the line. In this dizzyingly intricate new production, Rubber Repertory sets out to do nothing less than fulfill every audience member's deepest desire."

"The rules of the game are simple. Those who dare to sit in the Duchess's parlour will be given the chance to claim one of 500 remarkable experiences. Pick one, pick wisely, come early, play often: Once an offer has been accepted, it will be eliminated from the show forever.

"Over a year in the making, The Casket of Passing Fancy combines elements of Victorian parlour games, performance art, and live auctions to create a show that will be different for everyone who attends. You may find yourself exploring an unconscionable taboo or reveling in the beauty of the mundane. Your experience may last 5 minutes or 50 years. Your choice may bring pain or pleasure, sickness or health, sweetness or sour."

"All that's certain is that some will win, and some will lose, but no one will emerge unchanged.

"Featuring Carlos TreviƱo, Kris Olson, Thomas Graves, Joe Hartman, Silky Shoemaker, Matt Hislope, Paul Soileau, Rebecca Beegle, Michelle Flanagan, Taylor Flanagan, Heather Barfield Cole, and Jennifer Underwood as 'The Duchess.' "

"This show is made possible through generous support from the Rockefeller Foundation MAP Fund."

"NOTE: No one under 18 years old will be admitted."

"Tickets: Order online at or call 1-800-838-3006.
YOU PICK YOUR PRICE: $15-$25. Only 30 seats per night. Advance purchase recommended. Info Line (512) 470-1735"


Contact Josh Meyer (512) 470-1735"

Organizers Josh Meyer and Matt Hislope
(Photo by Celesta Danger, published in Austin Chronicle of October 9)

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