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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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Song About Himself

Walt Whitman's spirit logs on to social media with imagination in this Mickle Maher drama

Arts Review, Nov. 10, 2016

Laugh on Laugh

The Globe stage is comedy central for Sound on Sound

Arts Feature, Nov. 3, 2016

All Booked Up for the Texas Book Festival

Fans of the written word, keep this weekend’s schedule free; you’ll need every minute for the TBF

Arts Feature, Nov. 3, 2016

Tapestry Dance’s One Step at a Time

The rhythm tap company’s production offers not just wonderful dance but perhaps the most necessary commentary of this electoral season

Arts Review, Nov. 3, 2016

Hidden Room Theatre's Houdini Speaks to the Living

In this drama featuring Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle, a debate on the talking dead springs to dramatic life

Arts Review, Oct. 27, 2016

Jarrott Productions' The Price

This staging of the Arthur Miller drama keenly appraises the worth of a life

Arts Review, Oct. 13, 2016

A Bicycle Built for Tunes

Steve Parker creates a music-making bike with Lo Fi Cycle

Arts Daily, Oct. 7, 2016 12:30 PM

Mary Moody Northen Theatre's The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

This gangster spectacle based on Hitler's rise feels more than timely in the current election year

Arts Review, Oct. 6, 2016

A Deep Dive Into Play

Austin is about to become an R&D lab for interactive stories

Arts Daily, Oct. 5, 2016 1:30 PM

Silent Sky at Austin Playhouse

This luminous staging of Lauren Gunderson's play brings wonder to the universe and makes it at once vast and intimate

Arts Review, Sep. 29, 2016

Texas Book Festival 2016: The Full List

TBF hosts Don DeLillo, Thomas Dolby, Emma Cline, 277 more

Arts Daily, Sep. 15, 2016 7:45 PM

Save Our Spaces March: "Give Us the Keys!"

Creative Alliance leads artists on a second line down Second

Arts Daily, Sep. 15, 2016 4:30 PM

Austin Opera Takes Aim at the Election With Its Adaptation of The Manchurian Candidate

Composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell shoot to thrill in their opera based on Richard Condon's Cold War classic

Arts Feature, Sep. 15, 2016

Ethos' Atlantis: A Puppet Opera

This new musical take on the fall of Atlantis pulls us into an ancient place, powered by myth and ritual

Arts Review, Sep. 15, 2016

SOS to Council: Save Our Spaces

Artists, musicians send message with City Hall march today

Arts Daily, Sep. 14, 2016 11:48 AM

Politics Upstaged

This election year brings out the political in Austin's arts

Arts Daily, Sep. 13, 2016 12:10 PM

The Foundry Is Open

UT Fine Arts Library debuts a 21st century maker space

Arts Daily, Sep. 9, 2016 2:11 PM

Jennifer Sherburn's Riverside

With her new site-specific dance Riverside, choreographer Jennifer Sherburn says, "Come on in, the water's fine!"

Arts Feature, Sep. 8, 2016

Out of Bounds Comedy Festival 2016: The Frank Mills, Loverboy, People of Earth

These three improv troupes gave us an earful at this year's OoB

Arts Review, Sep. 8, 2016

Defining Terms

Why the Chronicle's 35th anniversary is focused on That Word

Features Feature, Sep. 1, 2016

Seeing Life’s Brevity in the Art Poles of South First

Street art goes vertical in South Austin

Arts Feature, Sep. 1, 2016

Guide to Austin Improv

The venues, events, troupes, and individuals who have transformed Austin into a "Yes, and" boomtown

Arts Feature, Aug. 25, 2016

Out of Bounds 2016

Arts Feature, Aug. 25, 2016

Gale Theatre Company's Salomé

This original drama reworks the familiar tale to give us a new perspective on the Judean princess

Arts Review, Aug. 18, 2016

Last Act Theatre Company's Postville

In Don Fried's drama, small-town Midwesterners face a clash of cultures when Hasidic Jews move in

Arts Review, Aug. 11, 2016

Mayor's Omnibus Resolution: The Arts Commission Hustle

City group gets moving on policy plan for Austin creatives

Arts Daily, Aug. 8, 2016 2:00 PM

Summer Stock Austin's The Addams Family

The company's young artists infuse the musical incarnation of those spooky, ooky Addamses with fresh blood by the buckets

Arts Review, Aug. 4, 2016

Mayor's Omnibus Resolution: Arts Commission Special Meeting

Commission seeks creatives' input on city staff's recommendations

Arts Daily, Aug. 2, 2016 11:46 AM

Spectrum Theatre Company's Spunk

This Austin company weaves three classic tales by Zora Neale Hurston into a spirited service full of sass and grit

Arts Review, Jul. 28, 2016

Hyde Park Theatre's The Flick

Annie Baker's drama movingly shows us that the drama in a movie theatre isn't only on the screen

Arts Review, Jul. 21, 2016

Austin Chamber Music Festival: Marian Anderson String Quartet

At the end of a tragic week, the Marian Anderson String Quartet reached for grace and tendered it to us

Arts Review, Jul. 14, 2016

Words and Music

This year's Austin Chamber Music Festival and Austin Classical Guitar summer series really get lit

Arts Feature, Jul. 7, 2016

Process at the Hideout Theatre

This improvised spoof of a play in production conjured an old-school realistic drama with spot-on symbolism and overinflated egos

Arts Review, Jul. 7, 2016

Mayor's Omnibus Resolution: Where's the Fire?

How urgent is the plan to aid the music and creative sectors?

Arts Daily, Jul. 1, 2016 11:15 AM

Zach Theatre's Buyer and Cellar

A funny and surreal solo show by Jonathan Tolins

Arts Review, Jun. 30, 2016

Getaways Far, Far Away

Summer reading recommendations that will take you out of this world

Arts Feature, Jun. 16, 2016

Your Fantasy House

Where reader types would own a vacation home if it could be anywhere in literature

Arts Feature, Jun. 16, 2016

Inside Blackout

Memoir author Sarah Hepola returns to BookPeople Tuesday

Arts Daily, Jun. 7, 2016 11:30 AM

The Hotel Vanya, or A Metaphysical-Paradigm at the End of Everythingness

For a getaway steeped in Chekhovian longing and ennui, The Hotel Vanya is the only place to stay

Arts Review, Jun. 2, 2016

Review: Notes on the Classification of Spectral Lines ...

Aided by science, this theatrical essay covers vast distances

Arts Daily, May. 26, 2016 2:07 PM

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