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Robert Faires

Arts Editor


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.

32 articles in 2001

Humor, Introspection, Ecstasy

UT Composer Dan Welcher is one step away from greatness.

Music Feature, Apr. 13, 2001

Search Through the Skies

The new musical Jouét represents a journey not only for the title character, a pop star in search of a home, but one for Austin composer Allen Robertson and for the city's Zachary Scott Theatre Center, which is producing its first original musical.

Arts Feature, Apr. 6, 2001


The "first lady of Austin theatre" -- actress and educator Nan Cameron Elkins, whose credits included more than 300 Austin theatre productions and teaching speech and stage skills to thousands of Central Texas students -- has taken her final bow.

Arts Column, Apr. 6, 2001

Play On!

In the backstage comedy Anton in Show Business, playwright Jane Martin wittily paints the contemporary stage as a madhouse overrun by loons and lunatics so preoccupied with money, image, and themselves that they can hardly be bothered to create art. And the State Theater Company's production takes us inside the insanity with an air of playfulness that keeps the audience primed for a good time.

Arts Feature, Mar. 30, 2001


Playwright Adam Sobsey cooks up some drama at Central Market, the UT Department of Theatre & Dance serves up six weeks of new works, and UT student Kristi McGarity snags the 2001 SEAMUS / ASCAP prize.

Arts Column, Mar. 30, 2001

SXSW Interactive Festival

Intellectual Property, Résumé Building, Wearable Computers, and Other Tales From the …

Screens Feature, Mar. 23, 2001


Liz Smith writes up Zach Scott, Jaston Williams plans new acting projects, and ArtPlex undergoes a name change.

Arts Column, Mar. 23, 2001


Screens Feature, Mar. 16, 2001


Screens Feature, Mar. 16, 2001

Amato: A Love Affair With Opera

Screens Feature, Mar. 16, 2001


Screens Feature, Mar. 16, 2001


New York is calling, and Austin performers from the Rude Mechanicals to the Flaming Idiots to MOMFest are answering.

Arts Column, Mar. 16, 2001


Big career moves for a couple of Austin playwrights and big parties thrown by a couple of Austin arts organizations.

Arts Column, Mar. 9, 2001

King Lear

In the Public Domain Theatre Company's production of King Lear, director Robi Polgar and company bring Shakespeare's play into the present with high tech and high fashion, and the smooth execution of the concept create a novel version of this familiar tragedy with a striking proximity to our lives.

Arts Review, Mar. 9, 2001


Big career moves for a couple of Austin playwrights and big parties thrown by a couple of Austin arts organizations.

Arts Column, Mar. 2, 2001

What a Piece of Work Is Woman!

After four centuries of being berated, belittled, betrayed, bullied, battered, and butchered by the men in Shakespeare's plays, the women have had enough. They're ready to speak out, to give Will a piece of their minds. And in playwright Susan Kelso's Roses and Thistles, they do just that.

Arts Feature, Feb. 23, 2001


The past few weeks have seen the passing of Johnny Torrez, Dana Ravel, and Clarence Brisco, three individuals all distinguished by their support of and advocacy of artists besides themselves.

Arts Column, Feb. 23, 2001


A weekly rundown of the latest news in Austin's visual and performing arts scene.

Arts Column, Feb. 16, 2001


Just when you thought that Elizabethan drama fad was fading, a slew of Shakespeares hits the scene.

Arts Column, Feb. 9, 2001


Austin Musical Theatre's Oklahoma! pulses with a rousing liveliness that makes it delightfully fresh, a territory that a joy to visit.

Arts Review, Feb. 9, 2001

Dispatches From the Edge

A roundup of the FronteraFest 2001 Long Fringe.

Arts Feature, Feb. 2, 2001

The Many Loves of Columbina

Arts Feature, Feb. 2, 2001


A new economic report shows the arts in Texas to be fundamental part of the economy, and Austin theatres enjoy a booming beginning to 2001.

Arts Column, Feb. 2, 2001


The Texas Cultural Trust Council announces a new set of honors for native and residents of the Lone Star State, the Texas Medal of the Arts Awards, and the recipients of the first awards.

Arts Column, Jan. 26, 2001

Page Two

Welcome to the Austin That Was.

Column, Jan. 26, 2001


Requiem for the founder of the St. Edward's University theatre program and co-founder of Washington, D.C.'s Arena Stage, Edward Magnum

Arts Column, Jan. 19, 2001

Final Flowering

With Cold Sassy Tree, distinguished composer Carlisle Floyd crafts an opera to crown his lengthy career.

Arts Feature, Jan. 12, 2001

How Robin Got His Groove Back

Musicologist Gillian Anderson has come to the rescue of Robin Hood, taking the 1922 Douglas Fairbanks film Robin Hood and restoring its original score. It's one of two dozen films from the earliest era of motion pictures for which Anderson has recovered, restored, or reconstructed the scores.

Arts Feature, Jan. 12, 2001


Austin native Starla Benford brings The Vagina Monologues to town, Kerthy Fix takes Heaving Shadows at the Skin Show to Chicago, and where does rm 120 theatre go?

Arts Column, Jan. 12, 2001

Real Estate and Perfect Mates

The year 2000 in the Austin arts, with Top 10 lists by Chronicle Arts critics and their picks for stories and personalities of the year.

Arts Feature, Jan. 5, 2001

Top 10 Theatrical Wonders of 2000

Arts Feature, Jan. 5, 2001


For the new year, resolve to support the new in the local arts scene. Here are several new projects that would welcome support.

Arts Column, Jan. 5, 2001

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