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Elizabeth Cobbe

Elizabeth Cobbe is a journalist, dramaturg, and playwright. By day, she writes python and javascript, and by night she writes reviews, arts coverage, and plays. She moved to Austin in 2005.

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UT Dept. of Theatre & Dance's In the Red and Brown Water

Multiple storytelling modes make Tarell Alvin McCraney's complex play operate as both theatre and ritual

Arts Review, Oct. 13, 2016

Hyde Park Theatre's Lungs

The company has gathered all the right people for this beautiful, painful, timely tale of a man and a woman in a dying world

Arts Review, Oct. 6, 2016

Theatre en Bloc's The Totalitarians

This ridiculous but smart satire about a Nebraska political race may be the only political play that can deliver laughs this election season

Arts Review, Sep. 15, 2016

Hand to God at Hyde Park Theatre

Capital T Theatre delivers a fast-paced, funny take on this tale of a demonic hand puppet in a church basement

Arts Review, Sep. 1, 2016

Summer Stock Austin's Carnival

The production offers impressive spectacle, but the musical's treatment of women is still a problem

Arts Review, Aug. 11, 2016

Zach Theatre's Mary Poppins

Great singing and dancing make Dave Steakley's staging soar, but a spoonful of calm would help the spectacle go down

Arts Review, Aug. 4, 2016

Different Stages' John Gabriel Borkman

The pleasure of this production of Ibsen's drama comes in the complex exchanges among the deeply committed actors

Arts Review, Jul. 7, 2016


An aging chimp in show business provides the focus for this engrossing vehicle for Capital T Theatre

Arts Review, May. 26, 2016

Out of Ink 2016: Carry On

As usual, ScriptWorks' annual showcase of 10-minute plays is a bit rough but shows the promise of creative minds

Arts Review, May. 5, 2016

Making Room to Play

Create Space Austin kicks off the drive to secure more performing venues in the city

Arts Feature, Apr. 14, 2016

The Rude Mechs' Field Guide

There's much to ponder in the second draft of the Rude Mechs' mash-up of Dostoyevsky, stand-up comedy, and spiritual belief

Arts Review, Apr. 14, 2016

Different Stages' 4000 Miles

The grandmother in the tiny Manhattan flat is the heart of the quiet, thoughtful 4000 Miles by Amy Herzog

Arts Review, Mar. 24, 2016

Marie Antoinette

Capital T Theatre's production asks just how accountable the French queen was for all her actions

Arts Review, Mar. 10, 2016

Zach Theatre's Tribes

Nina Raine's award-winning drama explores the different forms of language and how we understand each other

Arts Review, Feb. 11, 2016

Salvage Vanguard Theater's Denim Doves

Adrienne Dawes' play takes the idea of postapocalyptic sister wives in an original, amusing direction

Arts Review, Jan. 28, 2016

FronteraFest: The Place to Start

Hyde Park Theatre and ScriptWorks' annual performance festival keeps giving artists a spot to launch a stage career in Austin

Arts Feature, Jan. 7, 2016

The Rude Mechs' Now Now Oh Now

Version 3.0 of this look at role-playing games tests how deeply we engage in our quests for beauty and truth

Arts Review, Dec. 17, 2015

Review: The Book of Mormon

Unapologetically un-sacred musical a welcome treat

Arts Daily, Dec. 10, 2015 11:26 AM

Art or Parenting?

Four professional artists discuss how having kids has affected their careers and ways of working

Arts Feature, Oct. 29, 2015

Touching Art and Not Dating Drummers

Four working artists share more thoughts on arts and parenting

Arts Daily, Oct. 28, 2015 11:59 PM

Zach Theatre's Evita

Zach Theatre's polished revival offers food for thought in this season of campaigns and debates

Arts Review, Oct. 22, 2015

Hyde Park Theatre's The Quarry

Greg Pierce's play is rough and has sharp edges, but in the end there is heart that is worth discovering

Arts Review, Oct. 8, 2015


Breaking String's Gusev is a remarkable, feverish journey through the human condition

Arts Review, Aug. 20, 2015

Robin Hood: An Elegy

Rough edges aside, Generic Ensemble Company's new work makes an urgent statement that #blacklivesmatter

Arts Review, Aug. 13, 2015


Elizabeth Doss' new play is about lost souls not sure when to give up and go home

Arts Review, Jul. 30, 2015

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Sherlock takes a comic turn in Penfold Theatre's three-actor spin on the Holmes mystery

Arts Review, Jun. 25, 2015

The Strangerer

Bush 43 ponders murder and existentialism while debating Kerry in this ambitious comedy from Capital T

Arts Review, Jun. 11, 2015

Trouble Puppet's The Wars of Heaven, Part I

The eons-old battle between heaven and hell gets reorganized along gender lines

Arts Review, May. 7, 2015

Random Acts of Magic

The 2015 batch of Out of Ink 10-minute plays is a satisfying buffet of silliness and thoughtfulness

Arts Review, Apr. 30, 2015

The Christians

Hyde Park Theatre's The Christians is remarkable in its compassion for its characters' beliefs

Arts Review, Mar. 18, 2015

Everything Is Established

Physical Plant's new work is a fast, funny, disturbing example of great Austin playmaking

Arts Review, Feb. 19, 2015

Thr3e Zisters

InThr3e Zisters, Salvage Vanguard disinters Chekhov's famous siblings in a beautiful, fascinating, cutting way

Arts Review, Feb. 5, 2015

The Norwegians

C. Denby Swanson and Jenny Larson execute a real Nordic move in this murderous show

Arts Review, Oct. 2, 2014

The Method Gun

The Rude Mechs' play both affirms and dismantles everything your own guru taught you

Arts Review, Sep. 18, 2014

Urinetown: The Musical

City Theatre's Urinetown milks drought conditions for a flood of fun

Arts Review, Aug. 28, 2014

Romeo and Juliet

Penfold's condensed version of Shakespeare's play, played by five actors, brings out the heart of the tragedy

Arts Review, Jun. 26, 2014

Nowhere to Play

The Cost of Art, Part I: Austin's growth and rising rent take out theatre venues, one by one

Arts Feature, Jan. 23, 2014

Top 10 Theatrical Sets of 2013, to a Cat

Arts Feature, Jan. 3, 2014

Arsenic and Old Lace

This classic American comedy plays murder for escapist fun, which Different Stages delivers capably

Arts Review, Dec. 5, 2013

Fixing King John

This loose and gangly treatment of Shakespeare's history is both remarkably original and fiercely energetic

Arts Review, Nov. 21, 2013

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