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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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Playwright Dan Dietz gets his second play staged at the Humana Festival in Louisville, Johnson / Long Dance Company heads to Hamburg, and Zach shuffles its season

Arts Column, Jan. 23, 2004

The Human Touch

Violinist Laurie Young Stevens finds the passion and flash in baroque music

Arts Feature, Jan. 16, 2004

'Food Wine, and Thou'

In its savory new exhibition 'Food, Wine and Thou,' Studio2Gallery offers a feast of artwork whose succulent colors and scrumptious shapes aim to fill that empty space in your hungry heart

Arts Feature, Jan. 16, 2004


Austin won't be a capital of culture in 2004, Martha Norkunas won't be the director of Texas Folklife Resources, and Lana Dieterich won't be opening 'Always … Patsy Cline' this week

Arts Column, Jan. 16, 2004

'Dog' Has Its Day

Pro Arts Collective premieres Suzan-Lori Parks' breakthrough drama Topdog / Underdog.

Arts Feature, Jan. 9, 2004


Leading off the new year with good news: an arts success story from the Paradox Players and grants for Austin artists from the NEA.

Arts Column, Jan. 9, 2004

End of an Arts Era

The most prosperous period in Austin's cultural history came to a painful close in 2003.

Arts Feature, Jan. 2, 2004

Top 10 Shows in 2003 That Shed Light in a Dark Year

Arts Feature, Jan. 2, 2004


Former fixture on the Austin comedy scene Charlie Shannon has passed away.

Arts Column, Jan. 2, 2004

Hanging Up the Torches

After 20 years of juggling fire and other foolery, the Flaming Idiots are calling it quits.

Arts Feature, Dec. 26, 2003

New Wind to Blow Through Austin

Internationally recognized composer John Corigliano has chosen the UT School of Music to premiere his Symphony No. 3 for Wind Ensemble.

Arts Feature, Dec. 26, 2003


Austin playwright John Walch goes to Louisville for its festival of new plays; Vincent Kitch goes to Washington for Americans for the Arts; and Everett Quinton goes to Seattle for a new production of Twisted Olivia.

Arts Column, Dec. 26, 2003

Tale of a Tale Spinner

How a ballplayer, a piano player, beatnik poetry, and Lubbock made Terry Allen an epic storyteller.

Arts Feature, Dec. 19, 2003

Terry Allen: A Discography

Arts Feature, Dec. 19, 2003


Austin architectural firm TeamHaas was tapped as the new design team for the proposed Long Center for the Performing Arts.

Arts Column, Dec. 19, 2003


Austin Shakespeare perseveres, Ballet Austin gets a grant for a Shrew, Zach hunts for a fundraiser, Mexic-Arte's Museum Store hits USA Today's Top 10, and the Funniest Person in Austin goes global.

Arts Column, Dec. 12, 2003

On the Road Again

Ballet East's Paths traces some of the many passages through life.

Arts Feature, Dec. 5, 2003


An era of Austin theatre ends as Austin Musical Theatre files for bankruptcy.

Arts Column, Dec. 5, 2003

'"Prints from the Leo Steinberg Collection: Part II"'

The Blanton Museum of Art's "Prints from the Leo Steinberg Collection: Part II" continues the display of works from the 3,200-work collection begun earlier in 2003, and while this batch may contain fewer masterpieces, it's no less captivating or transporting.

Arts Review, Dec. 5, 2003

Not Just Another Pretty Face

With the Naughty Austin theatre company, there's more than meets the eye.

Arts Feature, Nov. 28, 2003


Hogg Auditorium is headed for a makeover, Judy Jensen's Blue Willow is headed to the Smithsonian, and two local artists take the road to recovery.

Arts Column, Nov. 28, 2003


Lorella Loftus' staging of Coriolanus at the Vortex doesn't succeed in making Shakespeare's hero truly tragic or noble, but its fierceness of imagination and commitment would do the Roman general proud.

Arts Review, Nov. 28, 2003


Two theatre companies may have to cancel shows if they don't raise funds by a certain date; ACoT gets down to business; and Hogg Auditorium is headed for a makeover.

Arts Column, Nov. 21, 2003


The Elisabet Ney Museum is headed for a makeover, Austin photographer Sean Perry takes the prize in New Mexico, and Chronicle arts writer Barry Pineo gets a publishing deal for an acting book.

Arts Column, Nov. 14, 2003

The Woman in Black

The power of little things to make spirits real drives The Woman in Black, a terrifically old-fashioned ghost story in the English tradition, and the State Theater Company production employs simple sights and sounds in effective ways that make us believe and be terrified.

Arts Review, Nov. 14, 2003

Watchmen on the Walls of Freedom

UT composer Dan Welcher commemorates JFK: The Voice of Peace 40 years after the President's scheduled visit to Austin.

Music Feature, Nov. 7, 2003


Renowned composer and educator Kent Kennan has died, longtime Paramount Theatre manager Paul Beutel calls it quits, and Vincent Kitch signs on as the city of Austin's cultural arts program manager.

Arts Column, Nov. 7, 2003

Who Will Be the Arts Tsar?

The two finalists for the job of cultural arts program manager addressed the public Oct. 23.

Arts Feature, Oct. 31, 2003


Leaders in the campaign to build the Long Center for the Performing Arts have decided to scale back the long-delayed project and build only two out of four theatres in an attempt to get it off the ground.

Arts Column, Oct. 31, 2003

The Taming of the Shrew

Choreographer Stephen Mills packed Ballet Austin's adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew with a rollicking physicality that spun ballet into slapstick and twirled slapstick into ballet and revealed an impressive grasp of Shakespeare's characters.

Arts Review, Oct. 31, 2003


Austin Lyric Opera's new artistic director receives raves for his conducting at Seattle Opera, Beehive diva Judy Arnold takes ill, and Chronicle Arts writer Barry Pineo gets a publishing deal for his book on acting.

Arts Column, Oct. 24, 2003

The Middle of the Night

With its isolated farmhouse and unseen menace, The Middle of the Night may look like a conventional thriller, but playwright Lowell Bartholomee refuses to play by the rules, creating an offbeat drama that keeps us perpetually off-balance by playing against our expectations.

Arts Review, Oct. 24, 2003


Last week for comments on the revamp of the city's cultural funding process, and chroegrapher Ann Carlson returns to UT.

Arts Column, Oct. 17, 2003

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

The Zachary Scott Theatre Center revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a real horror show, making the clash of Edward Albee's middle-aged marrieds George and Martha both titanic and terrifying.

Arts Review, Oct. 17, 2003


Ballet Austin's Stephen Mills has a deft touch at getting the Bard to the barre.

Arts Feature, Oct. 10, 2003


Nine current and former Austin playwrights storm the finals for the 2003 Hedieman Award, while playwright Lisa D'Amour storms New York.

Arts Column, Oct. 10, 2003

Beauty and the Beast

Second Youth Family Theatre's Beauty and the Beast is no less magical than other versions of the tale, but its real enchantment comes from the way it show us its fairy tale characters discovering each other's hearts.

Arts Review, Oct. 10, 2003

K-Tel Cabaret

Michael Holland and Karen Mack make a performance party out of hits from the Seventies and Eighties.

Arts Feature, Oct. 3, 2003


The Austin Circle of Theaters has handed out its annual B. Iden Payne Awards, honoring outstanding achievements in local theatre from August 2002 through July 2003.

Arts Column, Oct. 3, 2003

A Flea in Her Ear

Seeing actor David Stokey in the Mary Moody Northen Theatre production of A Flea in Her Ear, carrying off the spectacle of a man whose life has utterly unwound for the most preposterous of reasons, provides a refreshing reminder of the pleasures of farce.

Arts Review, Oct. 3, 2003

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