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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

"Matt Rebholz and Rachel Wolfson Smith: We Can See Through Time" at ICOSA

Drawings in red and blue ink, intended to be viewed through 3-D glasses, pull the viewer in to landscapes that make the familiar look alien

Reviewed by Melany Jean, Sep. 27, 2018

Austin Playhouse's Monroe

In Lisa B. Thompson's tender drama, young African-Americans work out where they belong in the world

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Sep. 20, 2018

Miró Quartet at Bates Recital Hall

The ensemble's opening concert for its 15th season as UT's Faculty-Quartet-in-Residence was uplifting in a number of ways

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Sep. 20, 2018

"Ann Wood: Quick and Quiet" at Big Medium

The artist's solo show is like a large-scale, experiential temporary memorial, with fake flowers rotting in a gloomy exuberance

Reviewed by Melany Jean, Sep. 20, 2018

Capital T Theatre's The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?

This production of Edward Albee's play shows that hubris and catastrophe are as much a part of America now as in ancient Greece

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Sep. 13, 2018

"Vincent Valdez: The City" at the Blanton

The artist's epic portrait of Klanspeople is all the more frightening for the mundane character of its subjects

Reviewed by Melany Jean, Sep. 13, 2018

Shrewd Productions' The Madres

In Stephanie Alison Walker’s new play, women’s fight for the “disappeared” in Argentina’s Dirty War proves timely

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Sep. 6, 2018

Jason Phelps & Co.'s Landfallen – the lost and found

This new work of dance-theatre takes us on journeys through wild wastes and personal histories, but leaves us in a place of hope

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Sep. 6, 2018

"ANGRY CLOUD + DESCND: Return of the Litvak"

The clouds are angry in this solo installation, but the spirit of the show at DORF is doggedly hopeful, fresh, and invigorating

Reviewed by Melany Jean, Sep. 6, 2018

Fallout Theater Says Fuck This Week

The improv alchemists of this weekly show turn the crap in your life into comedy gold

Reviewed by M. Brianna Stallings, Aug. 30, 2018

Aztlan Dance Company's The Enchilada Western: Texas Deep Fried

In the troupe's latest choreodramas, dancing desperados persisted and partied

Reviewed by Jonelle Seitz, Aug. 30, 2018

"The Indigo Show" at Recspec Gallery

This group show is appealing for the ways in which it showcases this most intense, moody, serene, and opulent of all the blues

Reviewed by Melany Jean, Aug. 30, 2018

Austin Scottish Rite Theater's Wit

In this production, people are there for one another and no one has to face the end alone

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Aug. 23, 2018

"Crit Group 2018" at grayDUCK Gallery

The body of work by artists in the Contemporary Austin's current critique group often engages the body in some way

Reviewed by Tatiana Ryckman, Aug. 23, 2018

Lenka Clayton: The Distance I Can Be From My Son at the Blanton

In a series of amusing videos, the artist sheds light on the judgment calls parents make while balancing their children's safety and autonomy

Reviewed by Marisa Charpentier, Aug. 23, 2018

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

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

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