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Austin Chamber Music Festival: St. Lawrence String Quartet

This concert was a lesson in active listening from an active, assured, exceptional ensemble

Reviewed by Robi Polgar, Jul. 20, 2017

"Far Out"

This show's works inspired by the James Webb Space Telescope tell stories, with the device's hexagonal golden mirrors a recurring visual motif

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

Richard III

Last Act Theatre's all-female production takes this drama from the doldrums to dynamite for Women Who Act

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

Hyde Park Theatre's The Moors

This production of Jen Silverman’s play is an engaging cocktail of Gothic mystery, modern absurdity, and stunning surprises

Reviewed by T. Lynn Mikeska, Jul. 13, 2017

2017 Revel Solstice Festival

Two recent concerts in the summerlong fest played up the informality and intimacy of Revel's approach to classical music

Reviewed by Robi Polgar, Jul. 13, 2017

“The People’s Gallery 2017” at Austin City Hall

This year's showing of work in Austin City Hall by a small army of local artists offers satisfaction on multiple levels

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

Different Stages' The Dresser

Different Stages’ The Dresser shows where to find the juiciest drama in the theatre: backstage

Reviewed by T. Lynn Mikeska, Jul. 6, 2017

"En Bola" at de stijl, and Podium for Art

The pairings of artists in this Los Outsiders exhibition yield works that are at once chaotic and harmonious, loud and quiet

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

Performa / Dance's Midsummer Offerings

The three dances in this mixed program all turned on the difficulty of making connections

Reviewed by Jonelle Seitz, Jun. 29, 2017

“Island Oasis Mirage” at Big Medium

The exhibit by Michael Krueger, Kathleen McShane, and Barbara Weissberger seems a planned mess, but one that echoes a greater scheme

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Jun. 29, 2017

Zach Theatre's Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill

A fierce portrait of Billie Holiday painted in blood and pain

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Jun. 22, 2017

Penfold Theatre’s Around the World in 80 Days

This original, gender-bending theatrical take on Jules Verne’s adventure tale is a grand story told with delightful imagination

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Jun. 22, 2017

Anya Gallaccio: to see if time was there at Laguna Gloria

The artist's giant tree stump carved from limestone is a sign that we love ancient things and are part of nature, too

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Jun. 22, 2017

Zach Theatre's In the Heights

This production of Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical brings us the life and pride of an immigrant neighborhood at an important time

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Jun. 15, 2017

Shrewd Productions’ The Revolutionists

This staging of Lauren Gunderson’s satire proves the pen is mightier than the guillotine

Reviewed by T. Lynn Mikeska, Jun. 15, 2017

“Sean Caulfield: Landscapes: Transformed/Transfigured”

The blackness and voids in the artwork here feels like a future world laid waste, but it also feels like us

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Jun. 15, 2017

Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company’s Glacier

As an elegy to the ice, this dance aestheticized doom but left us plenty of edge

Reviewed by Jonelle Seitz, Jun. 8, 2017

“Beth Consetta Rubel: Higher Learning: Educational Toys”

Rubel’s solo show is cutting when it comes to Bill Cosby and Rachel Dolezal, but it also explores the complexities of race

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Jun. 8, 2017

Mastrogeorge Theatre's Good People

This production of David Lindsay-Abaire's play gives us a close look at the folks inside Southie – and why some never leave

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Jun. 1, 2017

Nina Katchadourian's Indecision on the Moon

The Apollo 11-inspired work, housed in a pitch-black room at the Blanton, may tell us how adventurous or conservative we really are

Reviewed by Dave Randall, Jun. 1, 2017

"Abby Bagby: Kingdom" at Women & Their Work

The exhibition’s high-fashion outfits made from human hair and draped on mannequins are quite beautiful but also unsettling

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Jun. 1, 2017

Trinity Street Players’ Dani Girl

This musical may be about a child with cancer, but seeing it is a funny, moving, and healing experience

Reviewed by T. Lynn Mikeska, May. 25, 2017

Butcher Holler Here We Come

This stylized look at West Virginia miners trapped underground is more of a powerful sensory experience than a narrative drama

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, May. 25, 2017

“Robert Collier Beam: Scry” at Pump Project

The artist uses photographs and other media to catch the invisible and intangible but in a remarkably peaceful way

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, May. 25, 2017

Ballet Austin’s Alice (In Wonderland)

In which the young heroine grabs those wild wonderland reins

Reviewed by Jonelle Seitz, May. 18, 2017

“The Geometry of Space and Time” at Mexic-Arte Museum

Sebastián’s sculpture evokes string theory via concrete forms

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, May. 18, 2017

Austin Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors

Austin Shakespeare's new take on Shakespeare's farce takes some time figuring out its own identity

Reviewed by Robert Faires, May. 11, 2017

“Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser” at the Blanton

Driven by untamable curiosity and over-the-top commitment, the artist makes work that revels in improvisation and play

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, May. 11, 2017

Out of Ink 2017: Object Lessons

This year’s crop of new 10-minute plays captures the apprehension in the air but with creativity and craft

Reviewed by Robert Faires, May. 4, 2017

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

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