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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.

22 articles in 2013

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

There Is a Happiness That Morning Is

Mickle Maher's play is fiercely literary yet wholly accessible, and Capital T Theatre's staging is a joy

Arts Review, Nov. 7, 2013

Our Country's Good

As staged by UT, this drama of convicts making theatre in colonial Australia is fascinating to watch

Arts Review, Oct. 24, 2013

Fat Pig

Neil LaBute's play about body-size and social douchebaggery gets a sharp production from Theatre en Bloc

Arts Review, Oct. 17, 2013

Dial 'M' for Murder

This Fifties suspenser shows its age in UT's production, which never quite generates all the suspense it could

Arts Review, Oct. 10, 2013

Creature Construction

How Trouble Puppet creates those ingenious, inhuman figures that populate its plays

Arts Feature, Oct. 3, 2013

National Pastime

This new baseball musical hearkens back to both a simpler era and a simpler, sweeter kind of musical

Arts Review, Sep. 26, 2013


This struggle between an aging Mark Rothko and his idealistic assistant is a good fit for Penfold Theatre

Arts Review, Sep. 19, 2013


Reina Hardy's update on 'Beauty and the Beast' is fascinating, but the premiere is oddly lacking given the talents involved

Arts Review, Sep. 5, 2013

Zeus in Therapy

Tutto Theatre's stage adaptation of Douglass Stott Parker's poetry is less a play than a cool presentation of poems

Arts Review, Aug. 22, 2013

A Chorus Line

The Long Center presented a strong version of a great musical that's still worth seeing

Arts Review, Aug. 1, 2013


The script for Penfold Theatre's latest outdoor production has its flaws, but what the company does with it is great

Arts Review, Jun. 20, 2013

Blood, Sweat, and Cheers

This play about competitive cheerleading doesn't always fly as high as its heroines, but the athleticism is awesome

Arts Review, Jun. 6, 2013


Shanon Weaver's play puts a spin on the hit-man genre with some unusually gentle and refined assassins for hire

Arts Review, May. 9, 2013

Noises Off

Austin Playhouse stages this chaotic, ridiculous backstage farce with precision and fun

Arts Review, May. 2, 2013

Mad Beat Hip & Gone

Steven Dietz's play about the Beats might best be considered as the kind of literary experiment they engaged in

Arts Review, Apr. 18, 2013

Intimate Apparel

The loneliness of an African-American seamstress in 1905 is staged with powerful honesty by UT

Arts Review, Mar. 7, 2013

A Steady Rain

A Chick & a Dude Productions keeps this drama of Chicago beat cops challenging and engaging from start to finish

Arts Review, Feb. 28, 2013

33 Variations

The script and cast keep this drama of Beethoven and a modern scholar a human story

Arts Review, Feb. 7, 2013


The fascinating character of Truman Capote drives this thoughtful evening of theatre

Arts Review, Jan. 24, 2013

Top 10 Designer Contributions of 2012

Celebrating the year's most exquisite – and often surprising – stage designs

Arts Feature, Jan. 4, 2013

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