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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.

179 articles in 2009   •   page 1 of 5

Let Him Entertain You

Why producer Charles Duggan is staging the biggest holiday spectacular Austin's ever seen

Arts Feature, Dec. 25, 2009

First Night Austin

This New Year's Eve, why not join the throngs at this free arty party on the streets?

Arts Feature, Dec. 25, 2009

Austin Arts Groups

A dozen culture providers have been very nice, according to the NEA

Arts Feature, Dec. 25, 2009


Arthouse Curator Elizabeth Dunbar finds a promotion under the tree

Arts Feature, Dec. 25, 2009

Rockin' Christmas Party

Changes to the long-running holiday revue give the show a fresh sparkle

Arts Review, Dec. 25, 2009

Austin Visual Arts Awards

An overflow crowd turned out to see which local artists would be honored

Arts Feature, Dec. 18, 2009

'Austin: East of I-35': Love Notes to a Community

Photographer Rama Tiru's book brings the Eastside alive in a riot of vibrant colors

Arts Feature, Dec. 18, 2009

Culture Flash!

Speed talking at AMOA, Correa in as ASO ED, and Ballet East needs your toys

Arts Column, Dec. 18, 2009

Dionysus in 69

The Rude Mechs' re-creation lets us experience a tragedy in a rare and personal way

Arts Review, Dec. 18, 2009

Tap That Nut

In Tapestry's Of Mice & Magic, dance is more than the medium; it's the message

Arts Feature, Dec. 11, 2009

The Czars Were Brightly Shining

Arts Feature, Dec. 11, 2009

Okay Mountain

The Austin collective's faux convenience store sells well at the Pulse art fair

Arts Feature, Dec. 11, 2009


Another Grammy nod for Austin's powerhouse choral ensemble

Arts Feature, Dec. 11, 2009

I'll Be Seeing You

This revue of World War II tunes gives new meaning to 'home for the holidays'

Arts Review, Dec. 11, 2009

Gifts of the Magi

A conversation about community and creativity with three wise men of the Austin arts

Arts Feature, Dec. 4, 2009

Ballet East

The company establishes its first dance academy for students at Eastside Memorial

Arts Feature, Dec. 4, 2009

Art Palace

An appreciation of the great Eastside gallery as it packs up and moves to Houston

Arts Feature, Dec. 4, 2009

The Austin Visual Arts Awards

A new set of honors for the city's hardworking painters, sculptors, and other artists

Arts Feature, Dec. 4, 2009

Just Can't Get Enough

DVD year-end box sets

Screens Feature, Nov. 27, 2009

'Bacchae' to the Future

How in (a Greek) god's name can the Rude Mechs re-create Dionysus in 69 in '09?

Arts Feature, Nov. 27, 2009

Okay Mountain/Rude Mechs

The two local art groups are off to make mischief at a pair of international festivals

Arts Feature, Nov. 27, 2009

Bill Narum

Remembering the artist who helped fuse the worlds of art and music in Austin

Arts Feature, Nov. 27, 2009

Forgotten Radical

Thornton's plays are Wilder than you might remember

Arts Feature, Nov. 20, 2009

'The 101 Dalmatians Musical'

Tony Award-winning Director Jerry Zaks describes going to the dogs

Arts Feature, Nov. 20, 2009

Austin Singers

Area high school poets get to share the concert stage with old-school masters of verse

Arts Feature, Nov. 20, 2009

Art for Days

Can you handle two weeks' worth of the East Austin Studio Tour?

Arts Feature, Nov. 13, 2009

Center Stage Texas

Tony nominee David Bologna joins a musical benefit for his old school, kidsActing

Arts Feature, Nov. 13, 2009

Leave It to Beverly

This send-up of sitcoms can't solve its problems as smoothly as the old shows it spoofs did

Arts Review, Nov. 13, 2009

Stephen Sondheim

Three musical directing pros appraise the artistry of this master of the musical

Arts Feature, Nov. 6, 2009

The Trojan Women

A version that shows us in the women of Troy the brutalized women of our own time's wars

Arts Review, Nov. 6, 2009

Zach Theatre

The curtain is raised on the design for the new 420-seat Topfer Theatre

Arts Feature, Oct. 30, 2009

'The Small Corners of Existence'

Robert Shults' photographs reveal familiar buildings as secret shelters

Arts Feature, Oct. 30, 2009

Culture Flash!

A museum show for three shutterbugs, a prize for a canny sculptor, and calling all Young Masters

Arts Column, Oct. 30, 2009

There Will Be Blood

... And bloodsuckers and zombies and ghosts and murderers all over our stages this week

Arts Feature, Oct. 23, 2009

2009 B. Iden Payne Awards

The crowd came to honor local theatre but left impressed by Austin's strong comedy scene

Arts Feature, Oct. 23, 2009

The Smothers Brothers

Tom, the elder Smothers Brother, talks about comedy, his heroes, and politics

Arts Feature, Oct. 23, 2009

Deep in the Art

Bob 'Daddy-O' Wade's 40-year road trip through all that is Texas

Arts Feature, Oct. 16, 2009

Chorus Austin

With choral conductor Ryan Heller, Austin's gain is not necessarily Portland's loss

Arts Feature, Oct. 16, 2009

Shannon Sedwick

The once and future queen of Esther's Follies receives a special B. Iden Payne award

Arts Feature, Oct. 16, 2009

Culture Flash!

Salvage Vanguard scores a prestigious R&D grant, and Jenny Hart goes Gallic

Arts Column, Oct. 16, 2009

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