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Mary Moody Northen Theatre's Violet

In this moving production, a young woman learns the nature of true beauty and true love

Reviewed by T. Lynn Mikeska, Apr. 19, 2018

Latinauts: The Wrath of Juan at ColdTowne

Prima Doñas’ third installment of its popular “telenovela in space” delivers the laughs

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Apr. 19, 2018

“Nick Schnitzer: Inevitable Reckoning” at Dimension Gallery

Structures degraded by time and other materials provide a pointed view of dramatic change at work in the world

Reviewed by Melany Jean, Apr. 19, 2018

Street Corner Arts' Grounded

Every element of this production works together to get us inside the head of a troubled military flyer

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Apr. 12, 2018

Capital T Theatre's I and You

Lauren Gunderson's play uses Whitman's "Song of Myself" as a vehicle for two teens on the cusp of adulthood to explore identity

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Apr. 12, 2018

"Clarissa Tossin: Meeting the Waters" at the Blanton

The Brazilian artist explores the confluence of globalization's streams of production through the Amazon

Reviewed by Melany Jean, Apr. 12, 2018

Paper Chairs' The Repentance of Saint Joan

Patrick Shaw’s new play is less a tale of Joan of Arc’s life than a divine meditation on love lost

Reviewed by T. Lynn Mikeska, Apr. 5, 2018

Different Stages’ Yankee Tavern

This production of Steven Dietz’s play offers a deep dive into what we choose to believe and a stimulating evening of theatre

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Apr. 5, 2018

“Michelle Marchesseault” at Northern-Southern

The paintings filled with nesting S-curves comes from the artist’s meditative practice, but they’re joyful in their rumination

Reviewed by Melany Jean, Apr. 5, 2018

Theatre en Bloc's The Secretary

Kyle John Schmidt's new comedy takes dead aim at our national gun obsession and hits it with laughs

Reviewed by T. Lynn Mikeska, Mar. 29, 2018

Austin Playhouse's Shakespeare in Love

The Oscar-winning film makes a successful transition to the stage through Don Toner's marvelous production

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Mar. 29, 2018

"Vladimir Mejia: Mi Feito Don't let this time be in vain"

This show feels like a glimpse into the artist's camera roll, a peek into the digital chronicling of a life and all that is consumed throughout it

Reviewed by Melany Jean, Mar. 29, 2018

Ground Floor Theatre's White Rabbit Red Rabbit

In Nassim Soleimanpour’s play, what happens is as much a surprise for the actor as for the audience

Reviewed by Wayne Alan Brenner, Mar. 22, 2018

“Julie Libersat: Paved Paradise” at W&TW

This interactive solo exhibition may have you looking at malls in a very different way

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Mar. 22, 2018

"Rodney McMillian: Against a Civic Death" at the Contemporary Austin

In this thought-provoking exhibition, the Suzanne Booth Deal Art Prize winner asks, “What does an architecture of power look like to you?”

Reviewed by Melany Jean, Mar. 14, 2018

Rude Mechs' Fixing Troilus and Cressida

The third show in the Fixing Shakespeare series makes his mess of a play about the Trojan War hilarious and even engrossing

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Mar. 14, 2018

ColdTowne’s Missed Connections ATX

The show improvised from actual Craigslist ads is as hilarious as it is oddly cathartic to the singles in the crowd

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Mar. 14, 2018

“Katy Horan and Teruko Nimura: Residual” at ICOSA

In their joint show, the two artists use paper crafts as a medium for exploring how traces of the past disrupt the present

Reviewed by Melany Jean, Mar. 14, 2018

Elizabeth Crook’s The Which Way Tree

Chasing revenge on the Texas frontier in this remarkable new novel from the author of Monday, Monday

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Mar. 8, 2018

Hyde Park Theatre's Wakey, Wakey

This production of Will Eno's solo show puts us at ease with our mortality through a captivating talk from a dying man

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Mar. 8, 2018

LOLA's La Clemenza di Tito: A Retelling

The quality of mercy is never not strained in this new adaptation of Mozart's late opera

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Mar. 8, 2018

UT Department of Theatre & Dance's Enron

This production of Lucy Prebbles' play smartly recounts and reframes the corporate beast's rise and fall

Reviewed by T. Lynn Mikeska, Mar. 1, 2018

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

This debut fantasy novel is appealing, in part because it draws on legends of the Arab world for its magic

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Mar. 1, 2018

“18+” at Recspec Gallery

The exhibit of explicit work by 23 women and nonbinary artists has the effect of a peep show with recurring thrills

Reviewed by Melany Jean, Mar. 1, 2018

Ballet Austin's Masters of Dance

This triple bill of abstract works was a tribute to the piano and its range, excellently performed

Reviewed by Jonelle Seitz, Feb. 22, 2018

Austin Shakespeare's The Seagull

This new adaptation of Anton Chekhov's beloved classic takes wing well enough but doesn't quite soar

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Feb. 22, 2018

“Gail Chovan: No Trace of Now Will Remain” at Women & Their Work

The fashion designer-artist appropriates mourning rituals and their materials to make statements in this beautifully morbid show

Reviewed by Melany Jean, Feb. 22, 2018

Zach Theatre's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

This dazzling production takes us inside the mind of a crime-solving teen on the spectrum

Reviewed by T. Lynn Mikeska, Feb. 15, 2018

Jarrott Productions’ The Father

The play presents dementia from the sufferer’s perspective, but it suffers from a shortage of emotions besides exasperation

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Feb. 15, 2018

Golden Hornet’s String Quartet Smackdown IV

In this “hoot” of a competition, every one of the 16 compositions was a gem, but only one was voted the champion

Reviewed by Robi Polgar, Feb. 15, 2018

ColdTowne Theater's Deja Noir

Double Indemnity provides the structure for an improvised and hilarious riff on those dark crime films out of the past

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Feb. 8, 2018

Ready/Set/Go!'s Backbone

Despite the title of this three-dance program, the arms may have had the most to say

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Feb. 8, 2018

Mexic-Arte Museum's "Fotografía y Nuevos Medios: Selections From the Permanent Collection"

The exhibition puts on view a treasure trove of images that have been in hiding for too long in the museum's collections

Reviewed by Melany Jean, Feb. 8, 2018

GenEnCo's 893 | Ya-ku-za

This suspenseful two-hander serves up tension in its silences as much as its words

Reviewed by T. Lynn Mikeska, Feb. 1, 2018

Austin Opera’s Ariadne auf Naxos

Dude ranch antics make this reimagining of Strauss too busy, but when the music takes center stage, it’s gorgeous

Reviewed by Robi Polgar, Feb. 1, 2018

“James Surls: Man on Edge” at Flatbed

The prints by this renowned Texas artist are like portals to other worlds, revealing rapturous visions and terrifying cosmic disturbances

Reviewed by Melany Jean, Feb. 1, 2018

Vortex Repertory Company's The Way She Spoke

At the Vortex, Isaac Gomez's drama made us remember the lost women of Juárez

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Jan. 25, 2018

Southwest Theatre Productions’ If I Forget

While the play is a compelling kitchen-sink drama, this staging doesn't quite reach the promise of the material

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Jan. 25, 2018

FotoATX: "Austin Women by Austin Women" at the Elisabet Ney Museum

The five women showing photographs capture the beauty, passion, grace, and resilience of being a woman in Austin today

Reviewed by Melany Jean, Jan. 25, 2018

Orphans! The Improvised Orphan Musical at the Hideout

This tribute to musicals starring spunky singing street kids makes you believe the sun’ll come out tomorrow

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Jan. 18, 2018

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