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Ground Floor Theatre's Fun Home

Lisa Scheps’ production is invested with a level of care that makes this musical memoir movingly familiar

Reviewed by Trey Gutierrez, Dec. 13, 2018

Ballet Austin’s The Nutcracker

The company’s 56th run at this holiday classic retains its magic – enough beauty and wonder to transport you to enchanting realms

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Dec. 13, 2018

“Alba Corral: Thoughts in Action” at Generative Art Project

The new gallery screens our present into the future with beauty and depth

Reviewed by Wayne Alan Brenner, Dec. 13, 2018

A Mile Above Texas

Gorgeous images of land and water shot from the air provide a fresh perspective on the Lone Star State

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Dec. 6, 2018


One family man’s fight to survive divine assaults and a community turned against him becomes a rollicking, rambling epic, superbly rendered

Reviewed by Wayne Alan Brenner, Dec. 6, 2018

Emergency Contact

It’s wry and vulnerable love via text message in this YA novel set in Austin

Reviewed by Rosalind Faires, Dec. 6, 2018

Street Corner Arts' We Are Proud to Present ...

Street Corner Arts' staging is more than exceptional theatre; it asks thought-provoking questions about authority, perspective, and intention

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Dec. 6, 2018

line upon line percussion's The city wears a slouch hat

John Cage and Kenneth Patchen's experimental radio play proved an ideal vehicle for the creative daredevils of line upon line and the Rude Mechs to revive together

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Dec. 6, 2018

Austin Playhouse's The Mystery of Edwin Drood

This musical production makes for an effervescent alternative to that other Dickens holiday show

Reviewed by Bob Abelman, Nov. 29, 2018

Different Stages' Great Expectations

In this retelling of the Charles Dickens novel, a visible love of narrative is the show's greatest strength

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Nov. 29, 2018

"Annie Miller: I see london, I see france" at MoHA

This show in the Cage Match Project series casts the viewer as peeping Tom, looking through holes in a boarded-up trailer to view art

Reviewed by Melany Jean, Nov. 29, 2018

Immigrants, the Musical! (Part Two)

With this improvised musical series, one family’s tale of coming to the states becomes a tale about us all

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Nov. 22, 2018

Austin Shakespeare’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

This production is everything but sultry, which is the very thing the Tennessee Williams drama needs most

Reviewed by Bob Abelman, Nov. 22, 2018

Capital T Theatre's The Hunchback Variations and ...Faustus

The company's pairing of two Mickle Maher one-acts gets lit about art in a sublime way

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Nov. 15, 2018

Mary Moody Northen Theatre's Men on Boats

With a diverse cast of women playing white men exploring the Grand Canyon, this show recasts history to show guys who just don't get it

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Nov. 15, 2018

MASS Gallery's "Staycation: thresholds"

The gallery's first exhibit in its new home invites viewers into the private self and into the stretching of one's limits

Reviewed by Melany Jean, Nov. 15, 2018

"Steve Parker: War Tuba" at Big Medium

In exploring sound's relationship to conflict and use in it, the artist fuses past and present, melody and discord, into a remixed reveille

Reviewed by Melany Jean, Nov. 8, 2018

Doctuh Mistuh and Penfold Theatre's Nevermore

In Jonathan Christenson's musical, Edgar Allan Poe's life is imagined as a spooky, entrancing dance of the spirits

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Nov. 1, 2018

ICOSA's "Chiaroscuro: probing mystery, seeking clarity"

The first group show in the collective's new home shows its members stretching themselves and embracing change

Reviewed by Melany Jean, Nov. 1, 2018

"Whitney Turetzky: Feminine Grandeur" at the Elisabet Ney

In the way she transforms antique photographs of anonymous women, Turetzky elevates their subjects’ status to something holy and sacred

Reviewed by Marisa Charpentier, Nov. 1, 2018

Books to Prep You for the Texas Book Festival

The read goes on forever at the 2018 Texas Book Festival

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Oct. 25, 2018

There There

The Big Oakland Powwow provides a window into modern Native American life in Tommy Orange’s searing debut novel

Reviewed by Rosalind Faires, Oct. 25, 2018

Little Fires Everywhere

Celeste Ng’s second novel offers rich portrayals of motherhood in the suburbs

Reviewed by Rosalind Faires, Oct. 25, 2018

The Wedding Date

For a good time, read Jasmine Guillory’s delightful debut romcom

Reviewed by Rosalind Faires, Oct. 25, 2018

November Road

Lou Berney’s latest, set around JFK’s assassination, is a tightly written crime tale worthy of Raymond Chandler or James M. Cain

Reviewed by Jesse Sublett, Oct. 25, 2018

Austin Symphony's Happy Birthday, Lenny

In its concert celebrating Bernstein, the ASO shows the composer giving his all in even the briefest of works

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Oct. 25, 2018

“Candace Hicks: Many Mini Murder Scenes” at Women & Their Work

In her small-scale re-creations of murder scenes in mystery novels, the artist provides playful social commentary on the genre

Reviewed by Taylor Prewitt, Oct. 25, 2018

“Shanie Tommasini: Slippery Clump” at the Umlauf

The Umlauf Prize-winning artist uses big, playful shapes and environmental manipulation to look at art, nature, and conservation

Reviewed by Melany Jean, Oct. 25, 2018

Theatre Synesthesia's The Fault

In Katie Bender's play, an American family tries to save itself from being shaken apart

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Oct. 18, 2018

"Ed Ruscha: Archaeology and Romance" at the Ransom Center

This evocative excavation into the artist's process of creating art and making books reveals the work of art is the completed book itself

Reviewed by Melany Jean, Oct. 18, 2018

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

This bittersweet novel charts a wrongful conviction's effect on a young couple

Reviewed by Rosalind Faires, Oct. 18, 2018

Prima Doñas' LatiNacional: tu casa es mi casa

The improv troupe behind Latinauts gives 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue a makeover like the country has never seen

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Oct. 11, 2018

“Ana Esteve Llorens: Correspondence” at Las Cruxes

The textiles in this solo show map a negotiation between the weaver and her surroundings, a lattice charting stretch and slack over time

Reviewed by Melany Jean, Oct. 11, 2018

Suicide Club: A Novel About Living by Rachel Heng

This debut novel about a future in which people can live forever is a bittersweet yet life-affirming story of eternity versus death

Reviewed by M. Brianna Stallings, Oct. 11, 2018

From Slavery to Buffalo Soldier in Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen

Sarah Bird's historical novel tells one woman's unique tale of freedom

Reviewed by Marisa Charpentier, Oct. 4, 2018

Zach Theatre's Once

This musical disarms the cynicism of our age with the sweet story of a guy and a girl who bond over music

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Oct. 4, 2018

En Route Productions' *some humans were harmed in the making of this show

CB Goodman's play is memorable for its exuberant satire, but an abrupt hairpin turn toward the serious makes the show even more memorable

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Oct. 4, 2018

"Shawn Camp: Equivocation" at Northern-Southern

In this three-part installation, the artist plays with light to creates work that is atmospheric and at times beautifully comtemplative

Reviewed by Melany Jean, Oct. 4, 2018

Hyde Park Theatre's Confessions of a Mexpatriate

Raul Garza's solo show tells us that finding your true self in another country isn't easy

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Sep. 27, 2018

Blue Lapis Light's Belonging, Part One

The work's dancers, whether on the ground or sailing through the air, were beacons of human hope and empathy

Reviewed by Jonelle Seitz, Sep. 27, 2018

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