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Ground Floor Theatre's There and Back

This new play by Raul Garza lets us spend a lifetime with an immigrant and all the decisions she makes

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Aug. 16, 2018

ZM3 Live Productions' Echo of a Refugee ... Me?

Zell Miller III's latest was a state of the city address that called out Austin for gentrification and policies harmful to its black citizens

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Aug. 16, 2018

Summer Stock Austin's Rob1n

This new musical brings Sherwood Forest's noble outlaw to our time with a message of togetherness

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Aug. 9, 2018

Paper Chairs' The Audience

Elizabeth Doss' adaptation of García Lorca's unfinished play is less a drama than a dream, unbound by logic, reason, or convention

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Aug. 9, 2018

Austin Classical Guitar's dream

The quality of the music in this concert was exceptional, but what made it special was the quality of the listening

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Aug. 9, 2018

Zilker Theatre Productions' All Shook Up

Take Elvis at his silliest, mix in Twelfth Night, stir playfully, and you have the latest Zilker Summer Musical

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Aug. 2, 2018

National Geographic: Symphony for Our World

The breathtaking natural history footage combined with live symphonic performance sent a noble message: Save the Earth

Reviewed by Robi Polgar, Aug. 2, 2018

"Xavier Schipani: Chasing Desire" at Lora Reynolds Gallery

The artist probes the history and crisis of masculinity by placing beefy men in salacious tangles, exposed and unashamed

Reviewed by Melany Jean, Aug. 2, 2018

Recommended True Crime Podcasts

Fill your auditory canals with nefarious activities

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Jul. 26, 2018

Hyde Park Theatre's The Antipodes

A ton of tales enliven this play by Annie Baker, but what do they tell us about the state of storytelling?

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Jul. 26, 2018

Into the Black Nowhere by Meg Gardiner

In the sequel to UNSUB, Gardiner pits Caitlin Hendrix against a killer based on Ted Bundy and shows again what a great storyteller she is

Reviewed by Jessi Cape, Jul. 26, 2018

Hunting the Golden State Killer in I'll Be Gone in the Dark

How Michelle McNamara tracked a killer before her untimely death

Reviewed by Jonelle Seitz, Jul. 19, 2018

Albert Race Sample Relives Texas Prison Life in Racehoss

Surviving 17 years on a prison farm

Reviewed by Elizabeth Banicki, Jul. 19, 2018

Forklift Danceworks' Dove Springs Swims

The company's latest community production showed why Dove Springs' pool matters to that neighborhood and to all of us as well

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Jul. 19, 2018

"Margaux Crump: The Lure" at Women & Their Work

Juxtaposing natural and synthetic materials through the metaphor of the hunt, the artist blurs lines between lust and danger, the repellent and the seductive

Reviewed by Melany Jean, Jul. 19, 2018

The Undertaker's Daughter by Sara Blaedel

Denmark's Sara Blaedel brings the mystery Stateside with a Danish woman who must deal with both a funeral home she's inherited in Wisconsin and a local murder

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Jul. 19, 2018

"Jonathan Muzacz: Stained Slabs" at the Butridge

With his solo show, the artist revs up the gallery by bringing in the street in eye-catching style

Reviewed by Melany Jean, Jul. 12, 2018

"...of Warp and Weft" at Davis Gallery

Using wood and cheesecloth, Caprice Pierucci and Charles Heppner's mutation of form and fiber is beautiful even as it is foreboding

Reviewed by Melany Jean, Jul. 12, 2018

Steven Saylor's The Throne of Caesar

Caesar's murder gets a fresh coat of paint in this mystery of ancient Rome

Reviewed by Rosalind Faires, Jul. 12, 2018

Zach Theatre's Heisenberg

In Simon Stephens' play, we observe the unlikely pairing of two people as an experiment in risk and change

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Jul. 5, 2018

Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke

A double murder in an East Texas town draws a black Texas Ranger deep into the shadows of the Piney Woods and the tangled race relations there

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Jul. 5, 2018

"We'll Just Rock for Ourselves: Selections From the Lisa Davis Archives"

The photos capture the kineticism of Austin's lesbian music scene in the Nineties and the magnitude of the photographer's legacy

Reviewed by Beth Sullivan, Jul. 5, 2018

Shrewd Productions' The Afterparty

We’re invited to hobnob with history’s great minds up on the astral plane

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Jun. 28, 2018

Andrea Ariel Dance Theatre's Locked-In

A dance inspired by our rigid connection to our cell phones was more spontaneous and personal than its title implied

Jun. 28, 2018

“Regional Fictions” at MASS Gallery

This thought-provoking show takes on the educational system's traditional narratives by juxtaposing the familiar with images that challenge it

Reviewed by Melany Jean, Jun. 28, 2018

Booth's Richard III by the Hidden Room Theatre

Beth Burns and company unearths a fascinating theatrical time capsule with this version of Shakespeare's tragedy

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Jun. 21, 2018

Gold n' George's For a Limited Time Only

In this lighthearted show, Natalie George, Heloise Gold, and their collaborators reacted to current events by exploring, inventing, playing

Reviewed by Jonelle Seitz, Jun. 21, 2018

"Matthew Steinke: Deliriums" at Northern-Southern Gallery

Mental health disorders seldom look or sound this delightful

Reviewed by Wayne Alan Brenner, Jun. 21, 2018

Zach Theatre's Sunday in the Park With George

Zach relalizes the Sondheim musical with near flawless execution but has little in the way of emotional reward

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Jun. 14, 2018

Heartland Theatre Collective’s Little Bird

The vulnerability of small things is at the heart of Nicole Oglesby’s drama of girls and ghosts in East Texas bayou country

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Jun. 14, 2018

Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company’s Company

In this short works program, the troupe explored the solace and thrills in the company you keep

Reviewed by Jonelle Seitz, Jun. 14, 2018

The Ransom Center's "Vaudeville!"

This exhibition reveals how the history of that entertainment form is really the history of the U.S.

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Jun. 7, 2018

La Fenice's Cthulhu Beach Party

This commedia spoof mashes up surfside love and Lovecraft for an incredibly fun romp

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Jun. 7, 2018

Performa / Dance's Artist and Muse

Performa / Dance's program of four pensive and sensitive works explored physical and emotional distress and pain in great depth

Reviewed by Jonelle Seitz, Jun. 7, 2018

“Michael Anthony García: Continental Divide” at St. Edward’s

Layered photographs and images of empty garments across Austin allude to spaces of equality and disruption

Reviewed by Melany Jean, Jun. 7, 2018

Glass Half Full Theatre's Polly Mermaid: Apocalypse WOW!

This playful eco-fable by Caroline Reck and Indigo Rael creates a surprising plastic paradise under the sea

Reviewed by Robert Faires, May. 31, 2018

"Ex Libris" at Recspec Gallery

This collection of new and vintage bookplates papers up a visual library of odd beauty

Reviewed by Wayne Alan Brenner, May. 31, 2018

"Krista Steinke: Good Luck With the Sun" at W&TW

These spectacular images of the sun and sky captured with homemade pinhole cameras reveal more about us than celestial objects

Reviewed by Melany Jean, May. 31, 2018

Capital T Theatre's Small Mouth Sounds

This hilarious and moving production reveals near deafening truths with barely a sound

Reviewed by T. Lynn Mikeska, May. 24, 2018

Generic Ensemble Company's Carmen

This devised work shares the name of Bizet's opera, but it has its own story to tell, one that's modern, irreverent and funny

Reviewed by Robert Faires, May. 24, 2018

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