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Austin Opera's Madame Butterfly

The company delivers a lovely staging of this Puccini opera that builds to a heartbreaking finale

Reviewed by Michelle Haché, May. 4, 2017

"Jason Eatherly and Dave Lowell: Depth & Decay"

A fluid, graphic quality keeps the dissimilar work of these artists cohesive and makes visual candy that is pretty delicious

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, May. 4, 2017

Renaissance Austin’s My Big Fat Bahookie

Lorella Loftus’ really funny new play preaches that everybody’s got back, and that’s just great

Reviewed by T. Lynn Mikeska, Apr. 27, 2017

The Phantom of the Opera at Bass Concert Hall

This new touring production makes a grandly restaged, compelling tale of thin source material, with a chandelier drop that still thrills

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Apr. 27, 2017

"Maria Chávez: String Room"

With this interactive sound installation, it’s hard to tell whether it’s more about music or not-music

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Apr. 27, 2017

American Berserk Theatre's For Time & Eternity

This original historical drama looks at a crisis of faith in early Mormonism honestly

Reviewed by T. Lynn Mikeska, Apr. 20, 2017

American War by Omar El Akkad

This dystopian novel of a late 21st century America split by civil war shows how vengeance survives down the generations

Reviewed by Jay Trachtenberg, Apr. 20, 2017

“Jos Howard Demme: Bad Boys, Good Dogs, Everyone Else in Between”

This solo show at ATM Gallery / Studio is both romp and nightmare – Dante's Inferno dressed up like a clown

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Apr. 20, 2017

Jarrott Productions’ The Herd

In this staging of Rory Kinnear’s domestic drama, a birthday celebration reveals the stress fractures of caring for a disabled child

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Apr. 13, 2017

One Ounce Opera’s Fresh Squeezed Ounce of Opera II

Austin’s One Ounce Opera juices the night away

Reviewed by Wayne Alan Brenner, Apr. 13, 2017

“Anne Siems: Weaving” at Wally Workman Gallery

The disembodied heads that populate this solo exhibition suggest departed women but are still beautiful and empowered

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Apr. 13, 2017

Different Stages' Mrs. Mannerly

Jeffrey Hatcher's nostalgic comedy gently leads the audience back to small-town Ohio in the Sixties

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Apr. 6, 2017

2017 Austin Dance Festival

This year's showcase of two dozen dances proved how Austin's dancing has risen to the level of its dance making

Reviewed by Jonelle Seitz, Apr. 6, 2017

"Larry Graeber: Place to Place" at de stijl, and Podium for Art

In this collection of jazzy geometric mixed-media works and sculptures, the artist conjures wild characters in a self-contained universe

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Apr. 6, 2017

The Vortex Repertory Company's Underground

Driven by Lisa B. Thompson's powerful text and masterful acting, this new drama drops a truth bomb

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

"ART for All + ALL for Art" at Art for the People Gallery

Truth is one of the rewards of this showing of work by artists who have lived on the streets

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Mar. 30, 2017

Sam Bass Community Theatre’s Flaming Idiots

Big heart propels the slamming doors and zippy one-liners of this production of Tom Rooney’s farce

Reviewed by T. Lynn Mikeska, Mar. 23, 2017

“Jana Swec: Congitopia” at grayDUCK Gallery

It’s the valuable give and take between Jana Swec and her collaborators that make this show consistent, as well as surprising

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Mar. 23, 2017

Hyde Park Theatre's John

In playwright Annie Baker's fun twist on haunted house tales, you learn what it is to be watched

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Mar. 16, 2017

Sacred Shadows – Victoria's Tenebrae Responsories

Ensemble VIII sang this Renaissance music for Holy Week so feelingly, it conjured shadows in a room full of light

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Mar. 16, 2017

"Hector Carmona Miranda: Concrete, Plastic & Metal"

Sometimes you want more from the artist's 3-D printed busts and photographs of same, and sometimes you get it

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Mar. 16, 2017

Color Arc Productions' A Girl Named Sue

A melting pot of creative talent brings to life this cross-cultural coming-of-age story

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

Ballet Austin II and Butler Fellowship Program's Spring Performance

The program's mix of classical and contemporary work challenged its young dancers and left you wanting to see what's next for them

Reviewed by Jonelle Seitz, Mar. 9, 2017

"Nathan 'Sloke One' Nordstrom: Another Side"

At its best, this solo exhibition captures the swagger of graffiti on the street and the introspection of the gallery

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Mar. 9, 2017

Theatre en Bloc's Neva

Asking what difference art makes in the face of revolution, Theatre en Bloc delivers an engrossing production

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Mar. 2, 2017

Austin Playhouse's Death of a Salesman

Marc Pouhé creates a powerful and sympathetic portrait of Willy Loman in a production starring African-American actors

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Mar. 2, 2017

"Sherry Xiao: Thinking of Home"

A series of paintings with figures that are blurred and pixelated neatly illustrates the shortcomings of digital interactions

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Mar. 2, 2017

Glass Half Full Theatre's Don Quixote de La Redo

This imaginative spin on Cervantes tells of walls and the stories that inspire us to tear them down

Reviewed by T. Lynn Mikeska, Feb. 23, 2017

Dance Repertory Theatre's Momentum

This program of dances informed by African American experiences and culture was highly physical and emotionally urgent

Reviewed by Jonelle Seitz, Feb. 23, 2017

"textscape: Susan Scafati and Sean Ripple"

Using text interface as a visual environment, this show is messy and clean, consistent and surprising, philosophical and entertaining

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Feb. 23, 2017

Salvage Vanguard Theater's Thr3e Zisters

This zombified take on Chekhov gets reanimated right when we need women who will bite back at the patriarchy

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Feb. 16, 2017

Ballet Austin's Belle Redux: A Tale of Beauty & the Beast

In its striking concept and execution, Stephen Mills' take on the fairy tale was his most fully realized story ballet since Hamlet

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Feb. 16, 2017

"Sally Weber: Fractured"

These photographs, made with scanners and full of distortion, offer not a precious image of a leaf but a fresh way to perceive a leaf

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Feb. 16, 2017

line upon line: first

In the percussion trio's concert of new works, four pieces took very different forms, but all resolved in a comparable calm

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Feb. 9, 2017

"Karen Kunc + Monika Meler: PrintAustin 2017"

At Gallery Shoal Creek, these artists’ prints interact well with one another – contrasting peace in nature and urban agitation

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Feb. 9, 2017

Zach Theatre's The Great Society

Robert Schenkkan's smart script and remarkable ensemble work make this a powerful look at LBJ's White House years

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Feb. 2, 2017

Austin Opera's The Daughter of the Regiment

Just as the young woman of the title is deemed "charming," so too is Donizetti's work in this company's staging

Reviewed by Robi Polgar, Feb. 2, 2017

"Jim Roche: Some Americans Feel Like This" at Bale Creek Allen Gallery

The show's hand-stenciled, colorful re-creations of political signs are a timely vessel for America's honesty

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Feb. 2, 2017

Vortex Repertory’s A Perfect Robot

Sarah Saltwick’s timely script elegantly explores the tension between idealized automatons and messy humans

Reviewed by T. Lynn Mikeska, Jan. 26, 2017

Austin Chamber Music Center’s My Life

This concert of works by Brahms, Smetana, and Fujiwara contrasted autobiographical stories told within music by young composers and mature ones

Reviewed by Robi Polgar, Jan. 26, 2017

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