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The Realistic Joneses at Hyde Park Theatre

With Will Eno's comic drama, HPT brings a funny kind of fear to the 'burbs

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Mar. 17, 2016

"Johnston Foster, Irena Jurek, and Jared Theis: Body Talk"

This show's three artists display creative, complex alternatives to the meat sacks we all share

Reviewed by Wayne Alan Brenner, Mar. 17, 2016

Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s

Kier-La Janisse and Paul Corupe's superb history Satanic Panic revives the Eighties in all its fearful hysteria Kier-La Janisse and Paul Corupe's superb history revives the Eighties in all its fearful hysteria

Reviewed by Marc Savlov, Mar. 10, 2016

Marie Antoinette

Capital T Theatre's production asks just how accountable the French queen was for all her actions

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Mar. 10, 2016

At the Statue of Venus/Three Decembers

The Butler Opera Center's pairing of these Jake Heggie chamber operas opened up small concerns to an enduring sense of love

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Mar. 10, 2016

"Jan Heaton: The Market"

The artist's visits to farmers' markets have yielded vivid watercolor images that capture the essence of plants

Reviewed by Wayne Alan Brenner, Mar. 10, 2016

1,000 Forest Gorillas in Kansas

Heloise Gold and Natalie George's dance-theatre work posed the question: What if we took the time to count?

Reviewed by Jonelle Seitz, Mar. 3, 2016

"Carlos Donjuan & Marilyn Jolly: Akin"

In this two-person exhibition at grayDUCK Gallery, some of these things are not like any others

Reviewed by Wayne Alan Brenner, Mar. 3, 2016

Austin Shakespeare's Medea

This production of the Greek tragedy asks the audience to consider the whole story before passing judgment

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Mar. 3, 2016


Investigating the latest "persons of interest" in Texas' literary crime scene

Reviewed by Molly Odintz, Feb. 25, 2016

The Do-Right

Lisa Sandlin

Reviewed by Rosalind Faires, Feb. 25, 2016

Stillwater: A Jack McBride Mystery

Melissa Lenhardt

Reviewed by Jessi Cape, Feb. 25, 2016

Sunset City

Melissa Ginsburg

Reviewed by Molly Odintz, Feb. 25, 2016

Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Swing

The script for this baseball play is a bit wobbly, but Austin Playhouse fields a strong production for the win

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Feb. 25, 2016

"Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia" at the Contemporary Austin

The solo exhibition celebrates Devo but also the artist's sound-machine sculptures and high- and low-tech illustrations

Reviewed by Wayne Alan Brenner, Feb. 25, 2016

The Government Inspector at Mary Moody Northen Theatre

The St. Edward's University Theatre Department delivers Gogol's Russian satire with gigagags at top speed

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Feb. 18, 2016

Ballet Austin's Director's Choice

In four ballets, three ways of collective being and one irrelevant romance

Reviewed by Jonelle Seitz, Feb. 18, 2016

"Seth Orion Schwaiger: Complex I" at Pump Project

This vast, ambitious solo show transforms the gallery space into a maze and a temple to art past and future

Reviewed by Madeline Irvine, Feb. 18, 2016

The Rude Mechs' Fixing Timon of Athens

The theatre collective's latest repair job on a broken Shakespeare play is wildly accessible, welcoming, and enthralling

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Feb. 11, 2016

Zach Theatre's Tribes

Nina Raine's award-winning drama explores the different forms of language and how we understand each other

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Feb. 11, 2016

Shit-faced Shakespeare

Highbrow meets lowbrow for an irreverent happy hour take on A Midsummer Night's Dream

Reviewed by Stephanie Carll, Feb. 4, 2016

"Melissa Brown: Future Past" at Big Medium

Layered images and layered narrative add something extra to PrintAustin

Reviewed by Seth Orion Schwaiger, Feb. 4, 2016

Viceroys' Topdog / Underdog

This black-owned artist collective makes a passion-fueled, powerful debut with Suzan-Lori Parks' Pulitzer-winning drama

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Feb. 4, 2016

Salvage Vanguard Theater's Denim Doves

Adrienne Dawes' play takes the idea of postapocalyptic sister wives in an original, amusing direction

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Jan. 28, 2016

Southwest Theatre Productions' Exit 27

At its heart, Aleks Merilo's play about boys exiled from their cultlike church is about mind control

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Jan. 28, 2016

"Cali Thornhill DeWitt: This Magic Moment" at Farewell Books

Nineties youth rebellion meets millennial "meh" and resigned participation in this solo show

Reviewed by Seth Orion Schwaiger, Jan. 28, 2016

Austin Playhouse's Disgraced

Ayad Akhtar's drama delivers a raw, powerful conversation about race without the usual distractions

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Jan. 21, 2016

Shay Ishii Dance Company's Dancestry ... Vivid

Audiences gained much from this program's re-creations of historic dances by Isadora Duncan, Loïe Fuller, and Lucia Dlugoszewski

Reviewed by Jonelle Seitz, Jan. 21, 2016

The Radiant Road

Author Katherine Catmull elegantly summons a fairy-tale timelessness for this YA story of teen anxieties, fairies, and creativity

Reviewed by Rosalind Faires, Jan. 21, 2016

Austin Symphony Orchestra With Jennifer Frautschi, Violin

The ASO's latest musical tour of Russia took a literary turn

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Jan. 14, 2016

Charles Atlas / William Basinski

The artists' live layering of video and music immersed audiences in images of suffering and transformation

Reviewed by Madeline Irvine, Jan. 14, 2016

La Follia's Start the New Year With Bach!

The baroque ensemble's first concert of 2016 delivers life lessons along with the beautiful music

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Jan. 7, 2016

"Alyssa Taylor Wendt: Compartments of Desire"

Personal strength, theatrical animism, and sexual dynamics dominate this exhibition

Reviewed by Seth Orion Schwaiger, Jan. 7, 2016

Jessi Cape's Top Reads of 2015

Circling the Sun tops a list of novels featuring uncommon women

Reviewed by Jessi Cape, Dec. 31, 2015

Jay Trachtenberg's Top Reads of 2015

A Brief History of Seven Killings leads a list of works exploring crime and politics abroad and at home

Reviewed by Jay Trachtenberg, Dec. 31, 2015

Joe O'Connell's Top Reads of 2015

Paradise Sky and The Best I Recall head a list of stellar Lone Star books

Reviewed by Joe O'Connell, Dec. 31, 2015

Jesse Sublett's Top Reads of 2015

The Theater of War leads a list that reminds us how ancient lessons about war continue to ring true today

Reviewed by Jesse Sublett, Dec. 31, 2015

"Shakespeare in Print and Performance" at the Ransom Center

This exhibition celebrates the Bard with rare artifacts from the Ransom Center's holdings

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Dec. 31, 2015

"Robert Jackson Harrington and Hector Hernandez: Impossible to Tell" at grayDUCK Gallery

Plastic hues and triumphant assemblages convey the belligerent optimism of American-style consumerism

Reviewed by Seth Orion Schwaiger, Dec. 31, 2015

Holmes for the Holidays

Spend the yuletide at 221-B Baker Street, where the library is stocked with new books about Sherlock

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Dec. 23, 2015

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