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Wayne Alan Brenner

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Wayne Alan Brenner has been covering arts and culture for The Austin Chronicle for more than 15 years, bringing you the brilliant, the odd, and the underexposed.

17 articles in 2002

Vital Currency

Through copper wire woven into life-size human figures and micro-architectural sculpture made from twigs, handmade paper, and almost infinitely knotted strands of horsehair, Patricia Greene and Oscar Silva's "Unconfined Weaving" exhibition at the Butridge Gallery proves elemental and galvanizing.

Arts Feature, Dec. 27, 2002

Reefer Madness

Arts Review, Nov. 8, 2002

Charlie Victor Romeo

In Charlie Victor Romeo, New York City theatre company Collective: Unconscious acts out in-flight catastrophes mined from actual Cockpit Voice Recorder transcripts, and it's effective beyond all hype, beyond any amount of technical chicanery enjoined to provide fright in more fabricated productions.

Arts Review, Oct. 18, 2002

Heart Attack & Fine

Actor Douglas Taylor is alive (again) and well in Austin, Texas

Arts Feature, Sep. 20, 2002

Erin Cone at the Wally Workman Gallery

"The figurative acrylics and oils of Austin's Erin Cone reveal no specific flow of story; neither are they reproduced as visual elements of what the hipper literati like to call graphic novels. Cone's portraits stand alone," writes Wayne Alan Brenner. See Cone's second annual exhibition at the Wally Workman Gallery during August, and be pleased with your decision.

Arts Feature, Aug. 16, 2002

Mouthing Off

Lowell Bartholomee has a lot to say, and he says it in plays that blaze like a Klieg instrument throwing gritty metrosphere of modern life into stark relief -- stark comic relief.

Arts Feature, Jul. 26, 2002

Speaking for Lowell

Every playwright needs a mouthpiece, an actor to communicate his vision to an audience, and Lowell Bartholomee has his in Robert Fisher.

Arts Feature, Jul. 26, 2002

More Than Just the Facts, Ma'am

The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum's exhibition on Davy Crockett features a short stage show with the hero of the Alamo appearing live and in person. The two Austin actors who alternate in the show describe how they bring that King of the Wild Frontier to life day in and day out.

Arts Feature, Jun. 14, 2002

2002 Summer Camps

Features Feature, May. 10, 2002

The Kindermann Depiction

In The Kindermann Depiction, Physical Plant Theater's Steve Moore and director Carlos Trevino have created two worlds, one flooded with leaves, one made of cloth, that are full of strange wonders. We wouldn't want to live there; but our lives are much enriched by having paid a visit.

Arts Review, May. 10, 2002

Comics Worth Spending Money on

Three Chronicle writers recommend 14 current comics, from standard superhero fare to funny-animal satire to slice-of-life drama.

Books Feature, May. 3, 2002

True West

Boys will be boys -- especially if they're brothers and they're written by Sam Shepard. And this offering of True West from 4th &1 does a damned fine job of showing us what that means.

Arts Review, Apr. 12, 2002

Anatomy of a Print

Artist Lance Letscher and Slugfest print studio team up to produce a labor of something like love.

Arts Feature, Apr. 5, 2002

City Water Tunnel #3

If the Department of Environmental Protection hired someone to explain New York's City Water Tunnel #3, the largest non-defense public works project in the Western Hemisphere, that someone couldn't do a better job than performer Marty Pottenger, who delivers the truth of the project, as plain and raw as the earth that's being tunneled, as bright and ragged as the people tunneling.

Arts Review, Mar. 8, 2002

Fugitive Pieces

The Salvage Vanguard Theater production of Caridad Svich's Fugitive Pieces is a nowhere road reminiscent of the Tom Waits milieu, with vagabonds hopping trains to anywhere other than where they are now. But while it's not for everyone, it's worth the journey.

Arts Review, Mar. 1, 2002

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

In the Zachary Scott Theatre Center's production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Andrew Rannells is wonderfully ablaze in the role of the German-born rocker whose sex-change operation was botched, and everything about this hilarious musical spectacle has been fine-tuned to maximum pleasure.

Arts Review, Feb. 8, 2002

FronteraFest Long Fringe

Dance!

Arts Review, Feb. 8, 2002