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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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Crimes of the Heart

Onstage Theatre Company's production of Crimes of the Heart focuses on the relationships among Beth Henley's small-town Southerners and describes them simply, truly, and beautifully

Arts Review, Jun. 4, 2004

The Blue Menace

The latest program from the Violet Crown Radio Players is an appealing return to yesteryear via the nostalgic delights of radio drama

Arts Review, Jun. 4, 2004

Coming Soon To a Concert Hall Near You

What's ahead for the Austin Symphony Orchestra & Ballet Austin in 2004-2005

Arts Feature, May. 28, 2004

Art Seen

Three Austin artists – Sean Perry, Warren Cullar, and Jay McMahan – have had their artwork recognized on a national level

Arts Feature, May. 28, 2004

Playwright Update

Playwrights Dan Dietz and Colin Denby Swanson are among the 18 semi-finalists for the 2004-5 P73 Playwriting Fellowship , and Dietz’s Tilt Angel has been selected for full production at New Jersey Repertory Theater next season

Arts Feature, May. 28, 2004

Arts Bullets

Relive your prom with Coda Theater Project; see Jaxon's artwork in a museum (of sorts); the Blanton receives $100,000 for its first show in its new building; and travel is in the cards for two AMOA leaders

Arts Feature, May. 28, 2004

The Underpants

To get into The Underpants, as it were, director Don Toner has deployed a reliable ensemble of able actors, who deliver a friendly poke in the ribs about matters a little farther south

Arts Review, May. 28, 2004

Mighty Love

Beyond Texas

Books Feature, May. 28, 2004

It's a Bird ...

Books Feature, May. 28, 2004

Changing of the Bard

Austin Script Works director Dan Dietz passes the pen to Colin Denby Swanson

Arts Feature, May. 21, 2004

Arts Folks Nix Tex Tix Tax

When the Texas Legislature sought to pay for a property tax cut with a tax on performing arts events, local arts groups mobilized and made their opposition heard

Arts Feature, May. 21, 2004

Austin Critics Table Nominations, 2003-2004

The full list of nominations for the 2003-2004 Austin Critics Table Awards, recognizing outstanding achievements in local theatre, dance, classical music, and visual art

Arts Feature, May. 14, 2004

Austin Arts Hall of Fame

Class of 2004

Arts Feature, May. 14, 2004

In Memoriam: Danielle Martin

The music community mourns the loss of professor of piano Danielle Martin

Arts Feature, May. 7, 2004

Stadium Devildare

The Rude Mechanicals' Stadium Devildare, from a script by Ruth Margraff, offers a muscle-bound riff on reality game shows and superpatriotism, but its torrents of text eventually leave the brain numb

Arts Review, May. 7, 2004


The Harry Ransom Center has acquired all the professional and personal materials of profoundly influential acting teacher Stella Adler

Arts Column, Apr. 30, 2004

The Old Majestic

The Old Majestic is an operatic valentine to vaudeville from composer Robert Xavier Rodriguez delivered with a disarming sweetness by UT Opera Theatre

Arts Review, Apr. 30, 2004

As Theatre for Children Matures

In 40 years of nurturing young people's love for the stage, Coleman Jennings has helped a profession develop, too

Arts Feature, Apr. 23, 2004

Oh, What a Lovely War Protest!

The Accidental Activist tells how the Lysistrata Project became a global anti-war phenomenon, from the perspective of Kathryn Blume, who co-founded and lived it

Arts Feature, Apr. 23, 2004


City Council adopts new guidelines for the Cultural Arts Funding Program, Michelle Schumann shoots off for a Canadian piano competition, and some 'palpable hits' to get your sweet William for Shakespeare's birthday

Arts Column, Apr. 23, 2004

It Ain't Nothin' but the Blues

It Ain't Nothin' but the Blues is a blues primer covering every variation on the form, and in the Zachary Scott Theatre Center's production its lessons are driven home with verve and fervor and musical excitement

Arts Review, Apr. 23, 2004

It's a Dirty Job ...

New arts tsar Vincent Kitch rolls up his sleeves to give Austin arts funding a clean start

Arts Feature, Apr. 16, 2004

Cultural Shifts

The basic mechanism for funding artists will look the same, but the city of Austin's cultural contracts program will undergo some significant changes in structure

Arts Feature, Apr. 16, 2004

Welcome, Cambiaso

A 450-year-old work of art by Genoese artist Luca Cambiaso that was recently acquired by the Blanton Museum of Art has been hung in its second-floor galleries

Arts Feature, Apr. 16, 2004


New plans for the Long Center are unveiled, and a big push is made to get it built, plus Al Hirschfeld's widow and daughter speak about The Line King

Arts Column, Apr. 16, 2004

The Joke's on Bush

Newspaper cartoonist Dan Piraro launches a national stand-up tour, Bizarro's PolitiComedy-A-Go-Go, starring a "quartet of liberal wisenheimers" cracking wise about election-year issues, this week in Austin

Arts Feature, Apr. 9, 2004


Choreographer Deborah Hay is welcomed home from New York, Doyle Bramhall rocks the house at Zach, and new plans for the Long Center are being unveiled

Arts Column, Apr. 9, 2004

Giving Voice

Students and colleagues sing in tribute to the late Martha Deatherage

Arts Feature, Apr. 2, 2004

Pop Goes the Art!

Thirty years after the 1960s, Pop Art superstar Peter Max is still making art and still pushing the brand, coming to Austin on a national tour of his paintings and prints

Arts Feature, Apr. 2, 2004

Bass Delay Gives Groups Room to Play

UT delays Bass Concert Hall renovations for local art schools

Arts Feature, Apr. 2, 2004


UT delays the closing of Bass Concert Hall for a year, Conspirare wants to sing an ode by a young Austin poet, and Zach decides whether it wants to go out with Sally Bowles or Roxie Hart

Arts Column, Apr. 2, 2004


In Ballet East Dance Theatre's Tribal, the company's original dances made you aware of the people around you and your connections to them

Arts Review, Apr. 2, 2004

Big Fat Independent Movies

Sending Off SXSW Film 04

Screens Feature, Mar. 26, 2004

Decade on the Vanguard

No. 10 looks like the best Salvage Vanguard birthday ever!

Arts Feature, Mar. 26, 2004


Helping ensure the future of classical music are four young Central Texas musicians who won the 2004 Pearl Amster Concerto Competition and two UT School of Music doctoral candidates chosen to learn conducting from Maestro Kurt Masur

Arts Column, Mar. 26, 2004

The Mercy Seat

With Neil LaBute's The Mercy Seat, the dirigo group takes us back to 9 / 11 and shows a couple laying bare their relationship against that day's monstrous tragedy

Arts Review, Mar. 26, 2004

Past Is Prologue

Rodney Evans and 'Brother to Brother'

Screens Feature, Mar. 19, 2004

SXSW Film Reviews

Screens Feature, Mar. 19, 2004

Our Country Mapped in Music

The Austin Symphony's concert with Grantham's Southern Harmony, Copland's Appalachian Spring Suite, and Gershwin's Second Rhapsody gives audiences a chance to hear how some composers describe an American sense of place through music

Arts Feature, Mar. 19, 2004

Happy Bachday!

What do you give a famous composer for his 419th birthday? The Budjanova Quartet is giving J.S. Bach a concert of his music performed by some of Austin's most gifted musicians.

Arts Feature, Mar. 19, 2004

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