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Kenjutsu: The Art of the Sword

First, in case you don’t know better already, don’t be thinking of it as “comedy improv,” get it? Read More | Comment »

5:05PM Fri. Mar. 28, Wayne Alan Brenner

Review: The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart

The warm glow spreading throughout your frame may be from the free shot of Scotch you downed – compliments the National Theatre of Scotland – but truth to tell, you'd feel it without the hooch after The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart. This lively tall tale, told with music, wit, and wily storytelling, kindles a bonnie cheerful fire inside. Read More | Comment »

6:53PM Sat. Feb. 15, Robert Faires

FronteraFest Review: 'Iced Tea in Texas'

British ex-pat Bernadette Nason, frequent star of local stages and sterling storyteller, brings the latest of her tea-spiced monologues to the FronteraFest Long Fringe, this one a tale of moving to America – to Texas – to Austin – and experiencing culture shocks she thought she’d grown immune to during her stints in the Middle East. Read More | Comment »

12:24PM Sat. Feb. 1, Wayne Alan Brenner

A Poet's Paper Trail

Billy Collins is one of a few American poets who can easily fill a few hundred seats for a reading of his work. He’ll do just that when he appears at the Paramount Theatre on Thursday, fresh off the heels of this week's major announcement that the University of Texas' Harry Ransom Center has acquired the popular poet’s archive. Read More | Comment »

8:57AM Tue. Jan. 21, Amy Smith

Review: American Idiot

Glancing around Bass Concert Hall at the opening of the touring edition of the rock opera American Idiot, it was clear that the points of reference for audience members included everything from the Sex Pistols’ 1978 performance at Randy’s Rodeo to last year’s apparently underwhelming version of Chicago in this same venue. Read More | Comment »

3:00PM Wed. Jan. 15, Stacy Alexander Evans

Never Mind the Polar Kind, Austin Has Its Own Vortex

That's right: A quarter of a century of presenting more ritual-based theatre, more cyber-operas, more transgressive takes on stage classics, more unabashedly erotic spectacles than any other dozen companies in, probably, the entire Southwest. Read More | Comment »

1:30PM Thu. Jan. 9, Wayne Alan Brenner

¡Gaytino! A Universal Experience

Dan Guerrero invites you to travel back to 1950s East L.A. with ¡Gaytino! His one-man show arrives in town tomorrow for one night only at the MACC. Read More | Comment »

4:30PM Tue. Dec. 3, 2013, Sarah Marloff

Review: The Cherry Bowl

Woody Allen’s film Love and Death is undoubtedly a mocking love letter to Fyodor Dostoyevsky. In the tradition of skewering Russian literary giants, Austin’s own Ben Schave sends up Anton Chekhov in Gnap! Theater Project’s The Cherry Bowl, now onstage at Salvage Vanguard Theater. Read More | Comment »

4:50PM Thu. Nov. 21, 2013, Stacy Alexander Evans

What the Hell Is Going On, Austin Arts Scene?

First of all, you know that distinctive billboard near the intersection of Airport & Manor, right? Read More | Comment »

2:10PM Thu. Nov. 21, 2013, Wayne Alan Brenner

It's WaffleFest Time at the Hideout Downtown

We're thinking a little comedy improv might be the perfect capper to a cold Saturday of checking out the best that the East Austin Studio Tour has to offer. Read More | Comment »

12:15PM Wed. Nov. 20, 2013, Wayne Alan Brenner

Archer Live! Postponed

Well, shitsnacks. Read More | Comment »

12:52PM Fri. Nov. 8, 2013, Monica Riese

The Amazing Acro-Cats are Back in Austin this Weekend!

That's right, you don't have to take The Chronicle's word for it – because we've outsourced the report on this feline-spangled amusement to John Merriman, the stand-up comedian and rising-star actor of so many local films, who happened to be among those Austinites who witnessed the show when it toured through the ATX last year. Read More | Comment »

3:30PM Tue. Oct. 22, 2013, Wayne Alan Brenner and John Merriman

Art Outside

Apache Pass, a historic riverside property nestled along the San Gabriel River northwest of Rockdale, will transform into a mecca for artistic celebration and collaboration during the three October days of Art Outside Festival. Read More | Comment »

11:00AM Thu. Oct. 17, 2013, Jessi Cape

Review: The Book of Mormon

Fish don't get much farther out of water than the leads in this Trey Parker-Matt Stone-Robert Lopez musical: two Utah-bred Mormons as lily-white as their starched, short-sleeved shirts in a Ugandan village beset by poverty, AIDS, and a vicious warlord for whom "shove The Book of Mormon up your ass" is not a figure of speech. Read More | Comment »

3:30PM Fri. Oct. 4, 2013, Robert Faires

Two Actresses, Fat and Thin

So, wait, the actress playing the fat-girl role isn't fat enough? Seriously? Read More | Comment »

12:33PM Wed. Oct. 2, 2013, Wayne Alan Brenner

Review: Mark Morris Dance Group

If you could capture the essence of childhood play – the boundless energy; the unself-conscious immersion in pretending; the relentless inventiveness; the sheer delight in creativity – and channel it through an adult, you'd have … well, you'd have Mozart, wouldn't you? You'd also have the Mark Morris Dance Group in Mozart Dances. Read More | Comment »

6:29PM Fri. Sep. 27, 2013, Robert Faires

Get Up Into the Arts Midwest Conference

That amazing duo of improvisers. Merlin lately flexing her prodigious improv-teaching powers at Zach Theatre. McCormick voicing Agent Washington for Rooster Teeth's Red vs. Blue and generally fomenting creation throughout the city. Now, together again, onstage at The New Movement. Read More | Comment »

10:58AM Tue. Sep. 10, 2013, Wayne Alan Brenner

Review: Liz Callaway

Not to slight her marvelous recordings, but you haven't really heard Liz Callaway sing until you've seen her. In number after mesmerizing number during the first of her current two-night stand for Austin Cabaret Theatre, this Tony nominee would transform herself as she dove into the heart of the song. Read More | Comment »

2:15PM Fri. Sep. 6, 2013, Robert Faires

'PowerUP' Taking Reservations

If you thought Allison Orr worked some choreographic magic with some men working leafblowers and a fleet of sanitation trucks, imagine what she's likely to conjure with 18 linemen and as many utility poles. That's what awaits you in PowerUP, Orr's collaboration with Austin Energy that premieres Sept. 21 and 22. Read More | Comment »

5:00PM Thu. Sep. 5, 2013, Robert Faires

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