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All the Way With LBJ's Play

In two years, Robert Schenkkan's LBJ drama All the Way premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; moved to Broadway with Bryan Cranston starring; broke box-office records and won a slew of awards, including two Tonys; and was picked up by HBO for a film version. Now a sequel, The Great Society, is up and running at OSF. Read More | Comment »

2:45PM Thu. Oct. 9, Robert Faires

Loading Up The Method Gun

The Rude Mechs are calling the version of The Method Gun that they're performing at the University of Texas this week the "final" one. And that's saying something. These are folks who started developing this project in the fall of 2006 and spent more than three years refining it and refining it until they felt they had it right. Read More | Comment »

4:45PM Wed. Sep. 10, Robert Faires

The Road to Urinetown

They knew it was a stinker of a title. They even had one of their characters mock it in the script. But even calling their show Urinetown: The Musical couldn't keep audiences away or keep theatres all across the land – like Austin's City Theatre right now – from mounting it. So what do its creators think about the show's unlikely success? Read More | Comment »

11:30AM Sat. Aug. 30, Robert Faires

Jaston Williams

Jaston Williams has stories like West Texas has sand – a vast, seemingly inexhaustible supply that swirls up around you whenever you're near. Consider: This notable actor/writer has already produced three shows of richly embroidered, raucously funny yarns and this week opens a fourth. Maid Marian in a Stolen Car, at Zach Theatre. Read More | Comment »

2:30PM Thu. Aug. 28, Robert Faires

Winedale's Lauds and Losses?

The student Shakespeareans have departed, but the Bard they celebrate is sticking around. Old Will's taken up residence on a wall inside the barn, on a shiny new plaque from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust – a gift during a summer that saw Shakespeare at Winedale's prestige rise even as concerns grew over the historic property's decline. Read More | Comment »

1:15PM Fri. Aug. 15, Robert Faires

Get Your Rocks Off

Did you know?

Nature's Treasures, that local storehouse and showroom of incredible hunks and shards and crystalline formations of mind-freakingly gorgeous rocks and minerals, is conducting a sort of rockalicious scavenger hunt? Read More | Comment »

2:15PM Fri. Aug. 1, Wayne Alan Brenner

Elaine Stritch (1925-2014)

During her seven decades as a "Broadway Baby" – accent on the "broad" – Elaine Stritch seemed unstoppable, a feisty, fiery force of nature who kept blazing onstage no matter what time, the times, or The Times had to say about it. "I'm still here," she'd sing, and you felt she would be always. Alas, she's no longer here. Stritchy has passed. Read More | Comment »

4:50PM Thu. Jul. 17, Robert Faires

'Crazy Carl and His Man-Boobs' Premieres April 1

Between Leslie and Kinky and the thong-wearing unicyclist, you'd think we'd have hit our quota, but the truth is, Austin has never been short on peculiar personalities. Read More | Comment »

1:05PM Mon. Mar. 24, Monica Riese

High School Thesps Earn More Than Applause

More than 100 high schoolers from across the area packed into the Long Center's Rollins Theatre, some having driven 40 miles before dawn to make the big announcement at 7am. That's how jazzed these teen thespians were about the nominations for the first Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards. Read More | Comment »

6:05PM Fri. Mar. 21, Robert Faires

Lily Tomlin, Citizen of Austin

For Lily Tomlin, who appears at the Paramount Theatre on Friday, a trip to Austin is practically a homecoming. In the Eighties, she did an extended run of her first stage success and workshopped her second; bonded with Ann Richards and Liz Carpenter, both of whom shared her birthday; and even bought some land on the Pedernales. Read More | Comment »

1:20PM Thu. Feb. 27, Robert Faires

From the Vaults: Audra McDonald Interview

One of the most eagerly awaited events on last fall's arts calendar was Audra McDonald's concert in Dell Hall. Alas, illness forced an 11th-hour cancellation, but the performer has managed to reschedule the visit within four months. With McDonald at last lighting up the Long Center on Tuesday, here's a rerun of our interview with her from October. Read More | Comment »

2:50PM Mon. Feb. 24, Robert Faires

Is Austin Too Cold For Artist Tim Doyle?

Yeah-yeah-yeah, the fabled City by the Bay, and so on and so forth, probably not half as cold as the ATX is right now, yadda-yadda. Read More | Comment »

12:50PM Thu. Feb. 6, Wayne Alan Brenner

Austin's Rubber Repertory Wins National Arts Entrepreneurship Award

Josh Meyer and Matt Hislope, ladies and gentlemen: The co-directors of Rubber Repertory. Read More | Comment »

12:10PM Tue. Feb. 4, Wayne Alan Brenner

Free Rangin' Excitement

Gelato flavors inspired by concepts in contemporary art. The DJ who gave too much information. A play composed only of texts sent to you over six months. A musical work scored for a weaver at a loom, a DJ, an accordionist, and 50 violinists who have never played the violin. A Frito pie tour. These wonders and more are coming in the 2014 Fusebox Festival. Read More | Comment »

10:00AM Thu. Jan. 30, Robert Faires

The Q&A Hole: What's the Best Thing They Got for Christmas?

Yes: Thing. Because, sure, it's all about "the reason for the season," whichever holiday you celebrate. Whether it's Christmas or Kwanzaa or Pikamas' Birthday or whatever, yes, it's all about love and hope and goodwill and yadda-yadda-yadda. Read More | Comment »

11:42AM Wed. Jan. 1, Wayne Alan Brenner

Brighten Your New Year With the Jigglewatts

Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas. For most of us, it's candy and stuffing. For the Jigglewatts, each holiday another reason to break out the sparklies and sheddables. With New Year's Eve imminent, Austin's leading burlesque troupe is getting ready to send 2013 out with quite a bang. Read More | Comment »

2:00PM Fri. Dec. 27, 2013, Richard Whittaker

Avant Glam Breaks Out the Mistletoe

Move over, Rockettes. Austin's queen of nouveau burlesque, Sassy Delure, and her long-time partner-in-grind Roxie Moxie have decided to celebrate the holiday season the only way they know how: With a special celebration of unwrapping courtesy of Avant Glam. Read More | Comment »

3:08PM Sat. Dec. 21, 2013, Richard Whittaker

Brenner's Top 5 Interviews of 2013

Eight local chefs. Two local actresses. The "Jeopardy!" champion. The owners of Tardar Sauce AKA Grumpy Cat. And a superstar astrophysicist. Read More | Comment »

11:00AM Tue. Dec. 17, 2013, Wayne Alan Brenner

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