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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

Golden’s Speak No More

This fully immersive, silent improvised drama is mysterious, creative, and a most worthwhile theatrical experience

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Jan. 18, 2018

"Andrew Blanchard / Jonas Criscoe: Call & Respond"

The two printmakers take familiar signage from rural roads and the small-town South and flatten them into one another

Reviewed by Melany Jean, Jan. 18, 2018

Austin Playhouse’s The Immigrant

The company delivers a powerful and timely account of foreigners making a new home in the U.S.

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Jan. 11, 2018

A’lante Flamenco’s Juana: First (I) Dream

The dramas of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz were perfectly expressed through the language of flamenco

Reviewed by Jonelle Seitz, Jan. 11, 2018

“Practical Acts of Perception” at grayDUCK Gallery

Cande Aguilar, Jorge Purón, and Mauricio Sáenz challenge what we see through sihfts in scale and proportion

Reviewed by Melany Jean, Jan. 11, 2018

“The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip” at the Blanton

Aperture Foundation’s survey is a portrait of what we find with our cameras when we travel

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Jan. 4, 2018

NY in the Snow

In this gorgeous volume, photographer Vivienne Gucwa documents the Big Apple’s yearly transmogrification into a winter wonderland

Reviewed by Wayne Alan Brenner, Jan. 4, 2018

Joe O’Connell’s Top Reads of 2017

These three novels and one memoir are all memorable for the ways they plumb the depths and mysteries of memory

Reviewed by Joe O'Connell, Dec. 28, 2017

Rosalind Faires’ Top Reads of 2017

Uncovering literary gems in areas such as historical fantasy, suburbia melancholia, female-centric speculative fiction, and more

Reviewed by Rosalind Faires, Dec. 28, 2017

Jay Trachtenberg's Top Reads of 2017

Four novels depict conflict and compassion in WWII Ukraine, present-day Pakistan and Israel, and a future America

Reviewed by Jay Trachtenberg, Dec. 28, 2017

"Keith Carter: Notes on the Universe" at Stephen L. Clark Gallery

This solo exhibition shows the photographer in pursuit of whatever unseen cosmic force animates us

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Dec. 28, 2017

City Theatre's Christmas Belles

At City Theatre, this comedy about the Christmas program at a small-town Texas church isn't the Southern-fried campfest it could be

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Dec. 28, 2017

"Carl Block: Odd Pottery"

Block's ceramic monster-faced jugs with crooked teeth and varminty eyes are indeed odd but also colorful and delightful

Reviewed by Wayne Alan Brenner, Dec. 28, 2017

Zach Theatre's A Christmas Carol

This slick and polished musical adaptation of the Dickens classic serves up holiday cheer in abundance

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Dec. 21, 2017

The Hideout Theatre’s Local on the Eights

Improvised local news for the fictional town of DeWitt turned up some big stories (and funny ones) before and behind the camera

Reviewed by T. Lynn Mikeska, Dec. 21, 2017

“Naomi Schlinke: What You See” at Flatbed

The vibrant colors, organic forms, and transparency in the show’s captivating ink on paper works offer exotic archipelagos to explore

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Dec. 21, 2017

Theatre Synesthesia's The Brutes

Casey Wimpee’s original drama is about a Civil War-era family, but it’s deeply relevant to our own fractured time

Reviewed by T. Lynn Mikeska, Dec. 14, 2017

Austin Playhouse’s Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

In its rush to be fun, the show fails to tap all the potential of this rom-com sequel to Pride and Prejudice

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Dec. 14, 2017

“Rachel Stuckey: Good Days & Bad Days on the Internet” at Women & Their Work

The artist creates some genuinely geeky-cool stuff in this show that’s smart, funny, and fresh in its treatment of tech

Reviewed by Melany Jean, Dec. 14, 2017

Street Corner Arts' Pocatello

Rich performances highlight the pain, hope, and heart in this staging of Samuel D. Hunter's family drama

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Dec. 7, 2017

The Hideout Theatre's Dance Dreams

The improv artists in this production do an impressive job of detailing the falling and rising fortunes of a ballet company

Reviewed by T. Lynn Mikeska, Dec. 7, 2017

"Light" at Wally Workman Gallery

Taking in all the varieties of gold in this polished group show is akin to basking in sunlight on a bleak winter's day

Reviewed by Melany Jean, Dec. 7, 2017

Esther's Follies: The Laughs, the Gossip, and the Story Behind Texas' Most Celebrated Comedy Troupe

In his history of Esther's Follies, author Jesse Sublett follows the flow of four decades of frivolity

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Nov. 30, 2017

The Vortex’s Wild Horses

This staging of Allison Gregory’s new play takes you back to your 13th summer with all its freedom and fear

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Nov. 30, 2017

Different Stages’ The Member of the Wedding

This staging of the coming-of-age drama evokes the small-town South with vivid design work and a rock solid ensemble

Reviewed by T. Lynn Mikeska, Nov. 30, 2017

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