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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

“Raul Gonzalez: Doing Work” at grayDUCK Gallery

The show’s images of construction work and fatherhood challenge expectations of masculinity, domesticity, immigrant work, and art

Reviewed by Melany Jean, Nov. 30, 2017

City Theatre's The Seafarer

Karen Sneed’s staging is shot through with compassion for the play’s hard-luck, hard-drinking Irishmen

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Nov. 21, 2017

Austin Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing

Shakespeare’s rom-com gets a light staging with fine performances and lots of genuine laughs

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Nov. 21, 2017

Murder Ballads

This blues-infused crime thriller suggests a number of Dangerous Things to Do Outside Shreveport Until You’re Dead

Reviewed by Wayne Alan Brenner, Nov. 21, 2017

Mary Moody Northen Theatre's ANON(ymous)

At St. Edward's, this reworking of Homer's Odyssey gives names to the nameless in today's immigrant crisis

Reviewed by T. Lynn Mikeska, Nov. 16, 2017

UT Dept. of Theatre & Dance’s The Crucible

The department manages to elicit tension from Arthur Miller’s familiar drama, but not without a few flaws

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Nov. 16, 2017

UT Dance Repertory Theatre’s Fall for Dance

Work after work in this program emphatically spoke to current events, to the here and now

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Nov. 16, 2017

Permanent Record Theatre's Dry Land

With this production, this company makes a bold debut and a fierce statement about life for teenage girls

Reviewed by T. Lynn Mikeska, Nov. 9, 2017

One Ounce Opera’s Second Fresh Squeezed Ounce of Art Song

This second program of new art songs proved the form is not just alive but relevant

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Nov. 9, 2017

The Prey of Gods

In a future South Africa, writer Nicky Drayden deftly mixes gods and robots and shows us how they and humans deal with change

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Nov. 9, 2017

Uncommon Type: Some Stories

A funny and creative short fiction debut that’s strong in portraying male characters but thin where the women are concerned

Reviewed by Elizabeth Banicki, Nov. 2, 2017

Dinner at the Center of the Earth

A riveting novel in which a Jewish American becomes and Israeli spy and then a traitor to his adopted country

Reviewed by Jay Trachtenberg, Nov. 2, 2017

Blood Brothers

This book does a superb job of capturing the essence of these two great Americans and their shared love of the American West

Reviewed by Bobby Bridger, Nov. 2, 2017

A Moonless, Starless Sky

This journalist’s accounts of ordinary people seeking to create good in Africa is challenging, frightening, and powerful

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Nov. 2, 2017

Capital T Theatre's The Brothers Size

In this staging of Tarell Alvin McCraney's drama, struggles with brotherhood and blackness play out against Yoruban ritual

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Nov. 2, 2017

Groundswell Theatre Company's Bear Eats Bear

This site-specific audio work puts the audience in a postapocalyptic world to show how central art is to the human experience

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Nov. 2, 2017

Butler Opera Center's Così fan tutte

This production brings Mozart's test of female fidelity into the modern world of Tinder and high finance

Reviewed by Robi Polgar, Nov. 2, 2017

TILT Performance Group's Zombie Prom

This musical is kitschy Halloween fun but with something to say about being different

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Oct. 26, 2017

Ballet Austin’s Not Afraid of the Dark

The glow-in-the-dark visions of this earnest, sweet ballet will excite and inspire the youngsters who see it

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Oct. 26, 2017

"2017 Texas Biennial"

The breadth of Texas viewpoints and artistic variety is evident in this year’s statewide survey of contemporary art

Reviewed by Melany Jean, Oct. 26, 2017

Woman in Black at Scottish Rite Theater

Skilled actors and atmospheric design combine to make this co-production a spine-tingler ideal for Halloween

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Oct. 19, 2017

Zach Theatre's Singin' in the Rain

This stage take on the silver-screen musical really comes alive when it breaks free of the familiar film's grip

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Oct. 19, 2017

La Follia Plays J.S. Bach’s Greatest Chamber Music

Choosing Bach’s top chamber works may be impossible, but the baroque ensemble made a convincing case for five not-easy pieces in this concert

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Oct. 19, 2017

The Vortex's Vampyress

Chad Salvata’s gothic opera is the perfect treat for the season of ghouls, sensual and spooky

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Oct. 12, 2017

Austin Symphony Orchestra: Feast of Voices

The ASO and Chorus Austin combined forces for an evening of music that was gorgeous, sensual, and sometimes hall-shaking

Reviewed by Robi Polgar, Oct. 12, 2017

“Marta Lee & Anika Steppe: Kind of About Michigan” at UT VAC

A road trip to adolescent haunts in Michigan results in a touching collaboration that stops short of sentimentality

Reviewed by Melany Jean, Oct. 12, 2017

Hyde Park Theatre's The Wolves

This fun, honest, real production of Sarah DeLappe’s play zeroes in on the best part of playing a sport: being on a team

Reviewed by T. Lynn Mikeska, Oct. 5, 2017

Filigree Theatre’s Betrayal

The studied, steady cast make bold choices with Pinter’s familiar script and show us a side of adultery not often considered

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Oct. 5, 2017

“Fool’s Romance / Books From Aeromoto” at the UT VAC

The interactivity of Aeromoto’s installation seizes the spirit of collective action seen in the response to the Mexico City earthquake

Reviewed by Melany Jean, Oct. 5, 2017

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