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Robert Faires



Robert Faires is Arts Editor for The Austin Chronicle, where he's been covering the local arts scene for more than 25 years. In 2011, American Theatre Magazine named him to a list of 12 of the nation's most influential theatre critics. He's also been active in local theatre since 1980, having worked on more than 60 theatrical productions across the city as an actor, director, and writer.

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Going Underground at the Vortex

Lisa B. Thompson's new drama digs deep into politics past and present, and asks us all: What are you gonna do?

Arts Feature, Mar. 23, 2017

Sacred Shadows – Victoria's Tenebrae Responsories

Ensemble VIII sang this Renaissance music for Holy Week so feelingly, it conjured shadows in a room full of light

Arts Review, Mar. 16, 2017

Comedian Bonnie McFarlane Is All Over SXSW

A memoir, a podcast, a doc – McFarlane has lots going for her

Arts Feature, Mar. 9, 2017

Podcast Fever

Catch a live taping of these comedy podcasts

Arts Feature, Mar. 9, 2017

The Black Metal Dialogues Live!

Dave Hill brings the legend of Witch Taint to extreme black life at SXSW

Arts Feature, Mar. 9, 2017

In Memoriam: Ishmael Soto

Groundbreaking Latino artist and teacher has passed

Arts Daily, Mar. 8, 2017 10:00 AM

In Memoriam: Gary Cartwright

Time to "Turn Out the Lights" for the Texas Mad Dog writer

Arts Daily, Mar. 2, 2017 3:45 PM

Mayor's Omnibus Resolution: A Year Later

Twelve months after Mayor Steve Adler rolled out his plan to save live music and the arts, what's happened?

Arts Feature, Feb. 23, 2017

SXSW Comedy: Your 2017 Lineup

Making you laugh this March: Cenac, Sykes, Odenkirk, Hardwick, & more

SXSW Daily, Feb. 21, 2017 11:15 AM

Salvage Vanguard Theater's Thr3e Zisters

This zombified take on Chekhov gets reanimated right when we need women who will bite back at the patriarchy

Arts Review, Feb. 16, 2017

Ballet Austin's Belle Redux: A Tale of Beauty & the Beast

In its striking concept and execution, Stephen Mills' take on the fairy tale was his most fully realized story ballet since Hamlet

Arts Review, Feb. 16, 2017

line upon line: first

In the percussion trio's concert of new works, four pieces took very different forms, but all resolved in a comparable calm

Arts Review, Feb. 9, 2017

Fast, Cheap, and in Control

Cost-of-living increases are making local artists do more with less

Arts Feature, Feb. 2, 2017

Moontower 6: More Headliners

Jay Pharaoh, Chris Hardwick, Morgan Murphy join 2017 lineup

Arts Daily, Jan. 27, 2017 10:00 AM

UT's Public Arts Program Debuts an Ambitious New Project

Landmarks presents Ann Hamilton’s O N E E V E R Y O N E at the Dell Medical School

Arts Feature, Jan. 26, 2017

Open for Business: The 25th Annual Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest

Now accepting your stories by snail mail or – wait for it – online

Arts Feature, Jan. 19, 2017

ATX's Inaugural Addresses

Local artists, comics speak out about Trump taking office

Arts Daily, Jan. 18, 2017 11:40 AM

PrintAustin 2017: A Sampler

Get a taste for printmaking’s infinite variety through four exhibitions at the Flatbed complex

Arts Feature, Jan. 12, 2017

Capital T Theatre's Hir

The Capital T Theatre production of Taylor Mac's absurdist satire puts the front lines of combat inside an American home

Arts Review, Jan. 12, 2017

Quinton, Meet Hamilton

UT alum J. Quinton Johnson joins Hamilton cast tonight

Arts Daily, Jan. 6, 2017 10:30 AM

The Virtues of Gossip

Can theatre gossip bond the people who share it?

Arts Feature, Jan. 5, 2017

Charlotte’s Web at Zach Theatre

In this stage adaptation of E.B. White’s classic, music and a sense of family connect to each of us and connect us all to each other

Arts Review, Jan. 5, 2017

Robert Faires' Top 10 (+1) Theatre Riches of 2016

Works that struck a nerve with the political state of our city and our nation stood out in this year's outstanding theatre productions

Arts Feature, Dec. 29, 2016

Robert Faires' Top 10 Classical Music / Dance Treasures of 2016

The richest work in dance and classical music this year ran the gamut from a dance in a backyard pool to an opera about Cold War brainwashing

Arts Feature, Dec. 29, 2016

Stephen Harrigan's A Friend of Mr. Lincoln

Stephen Harrigan's A Friend of Mr. Lincoln gives us an ambitious, impetuous president-to-be we grow close to

Arts Review, Dec. 29, 2016

Swingle All the Way!

Stritch, Caruso deliver hit holiday cabaret from Birdland

Arts Daily, Dec. 20, 2016 12:44 PM

Gift Guide 2016: Coffeetable Books

Big books give heft to big success stories about women in business, Flatbed Press, UT’s collections, Pan Am, and the Spurs

Arts Feature, Dec. 15, 2016

Moontower 6: First Comics Announced

Ali Wong, Patton Oswalt, and Ralphie May lead list of 50 acts

Arts Daily, Dec. 9, 2016 9:00 AM

Star Stand-Ups Descend on Austin

Dates just announced for Rock, Silverman, Crystal

Arts Daily, Dec. 6, 2016 1:10 PM

Gift Guide 2016: Haunted Holidays

A few suggestions if you’re giving your Ghost of Christmas Past a present ...

Arts Feature, Dec. 1, 2016

The Haunted Bookshelf

Heavens, this series of reprints of vintage ghost stories may unsettle the composure of the steadiest reader

Arts Feature, Dec. 1, 2016

The Dead Boy Detectives

Vertigo’s adventurous adolescent apparitions are an appealing throwback to the junior sleuths of the past

Arts Feature, Dec. 1, 2016

I’ll Take You There

Wally Lamb’s novel spotlights a spirit of early Hollywood, but its Metabook edition gives her a 21st century showcase

Arts Feature, Dec. 1, 2016

Elvis Lives?

Arts Feature, Dec. 1, 2016

Statesman Cuts Arts Staff

Arts critic Jeanne Claire van Ryzin terminated after 17 years

Arts Daily, Nov. 30, 2016 3:30 PM

Springsteen Is Born to Sign in Austin

BookPeople snags the Boss for his only memoir tour stop in Texas, Dec. 1

Arts Daily, Nov. 22, 2016 10:30 AM

ACA Debuts Creative Infrastructure Initiative

New $100K initiative will aid displaced arts and music venues

Arts Daily, Nov. 22, 2016 9:30 AM

East Austin Studio Tour Goes Boom

For 2016, EAST explodes to more than 500 stops for art

Arts Feature, Nov. 17, 2016

The 25th Annual Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest

Hold on to your tales just a little longer, writers!

Arts Feature, Nov. 17, 2016

Austin Creative Alliance Honors 2016

ACA salutes SVT, Byrd, Brooks, Seibert, Willenzik at the ND

Arts Daily, Nov. 16, 2016 12:36 PM

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