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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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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

This solo show by Jonathan Tolins is as funny and surreal as a Twilight Zone episode written by Harvey Fierstein

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

The 2015-16 Austin Critics Table Awards

The 2015-16 Austin Critics Table Awards

Arts Feature, May. 26, 2016

Year of the Booster

The 2015-16 Austin Critics Table Awards

Arts Daily, May. 25, 2016 9:00 AM

Looking at the Big Picture

Paramount Summer Classic Film Series goes large

Screens Feature, May. 19, 2016

West Austin Studio Tour 2016

Arts Feature, May. 19, 2016

Paper Chairs' Poor Herman

Elizabeth Doss' new play shows the literary lion Melville to be just like one of us

Arts Review, May. 19, 2016

Funniest Person in Austin 2016: Lashonda Rules!

Lashonda Lester takes the title in the competition's 31st year

Arts Daily, May. 17, 2016 1:30 PM

Funniest Person Finals/Andy Ritchie Tribute

Before you see the new FPIA, stop by Andy's Balthazar Lounge

Arts Daily, May. 16, 2016 4:24 PM

West Austin Studio Tour 2016

Arts Feature, May. 12, 2016

Star Turns

The nominees for the 2015-16 Austin Critics Table Awards

Arts Daily, May. 9, 2016 1:40 PM

The Austin Arts Hall of Fame Class of 2016

These inductees – Ballet Austin's Cookie Ruiz and Stephen Mills, and the Austin Symphony Orchestra's Peter Bay – are cultural heroes who lead by example

Arts Feature, May. 5, 2016

Mayor's Book Club Befriends Lincoln

Our 2016 read is Stephen Harrigan's A Friend of Mr. Lincoln

Arts Daily, May. 2, 2016 3:20 PM

Austin Opera's Joseph Specter Departing

General director since 2012 is off to lead Arizona Opera

Arts Daily, Apr. 29, 2016 5:24 PM

Austin's April Dancers

A month flooded with movement closes with Jennifer Sherburn's Arena and Tapestry's Passing It Forward

Arts Feature, Apr. 28, 2016

Moontower Review: Andy Kindler's Particular Show

That pain at the base of your skull? That's comedy!!

Arts Daily, Apr. 26, 2016 4:05 PM

David Cross Goes Cross Country

In "Making America Great Again!!," David Cross cracks up fans from sea to shining sea

Arts Feature, Apr. 21, 2016

Street Corner Arts' Bull

Street Corner Arts turns a corporate office into a ring where fighting for your job is a bloodsport

Arts Review, Apr. 21, 2016

2016 Arts Hall of Famers Announced

Bay, Mills, and Ruiz to be inducted at Critics Table Awards

Arts Daily, Apr. 19, 2016 11:00 AM

Austin Creative Alliance's Summit Report

The service organization moves beyond talk with four ideas on how the city can expand its cultural infrastructure

Arts Feature, Apr. 14, 2016

Mary Moody Northen Theatre's She Loves Me

This production at St. Edward's University knows just how to bring forth this modest musical's many charms

Arts Review, Apr. 14, 2016

Fusebox Condensed

Arts Feature, Apr. 7, 2016

Underbelly's Alice in Wonderland

This new adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic sends its audience down the rabbit hole – and all over the Zach Theatre campus

Arts Review, Apr. 7, 2016

"Drawing Lines: Explorations of Place"

The final exhibit of this public art project shows how every district in Austin has had artists working for it

Arts Feature, Mar. 31, 2016

Culture Flash! March 2016

Honors for Dietz, compassion for ASO, and China for the ballet

Arts Daily, Mar. 23, 2016 10:30 AM

Shakespeare's First Folio

Why the first collection of the Bard's plays is such a big deal and cause to celebrate on his 400th death anniversary

Arts Feature, Mar. 17, 2016

The Realistic Joneses at Hyde Park Theatre

With Will Eno's comic drama, HPT brings a funny kind of fear to the 'burbs

Arts Review, Mar. 17, 2016

SXSW Comedy: Briefly

Arts Feature, Mar. 10, 2016

At the Statue of Venus/Three Decembers

The Butler Opera Center's pairing of these Jake Heggie chamber operas opened up small concerns to an enduring sense of love

Arts Review, Mar. 10, 2016

2016 High School Musical Nominees

Theatre awards' third year boasts 28 schools, 136 nominees

Arts Daily, Mar. 9, 2016 1:45 PM

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