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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

"Orna Feinstein: Treetopia"

The bubbles and circles of Feinstein's monoprints are sophisticated, beautiful, even fun, but they may leave you wanting more

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Jan. 26, 2017

Matt & Ben at the Institution Theater

Mindy Kaling and Brenda Withers use Damon and Affleck to create a hilarious case study in how Hollywood murders friendship

Reviewed by T. Lynn Mikeska, Jan. 19, 2017

Austin Playhouse’s Bloomsday

Steven Dietz’s rumination on a great love lost lacks some of the vivid passion it needs in this staging

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Jan. 19, 2017

"Monika Sosnowska: Habitat"

The Polish artist’s industrial-material sculptures at the Contemporary Austin capture the physicality of our society, the rigidity of our order

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Jan. 19, 2017

Capital T Theatre's Hir

The Capital T Theatre production of Taylor Mac's absurdist satire puts the front lines of combat inside an American home

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Jan. 12, 2017

Dead Man's Cell Phone

En Route Productions makes Sarah Ruhl's lighthearted meditation on love and death both hilarious and touching

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Jan. 12, 2017

"Warhol by the Book" at the Blanton

What's most interesting in this retrospective is the early work that shows just how damn good Warhol was at graphic design

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Jan. 12, 2017

Charlotte’s Web at Zach Theatre

In this stage adaptation of E.B. White’s classic, music and a sense of family connect to each of us and connect us all to each other

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Jan. 5, 2017

“Elizabeth Chiles and John Swanger: Lumens & Currents” at grayDUCK Gallery

This exhibition has a softness that’s seductive, but it also speaks to our timeless wonder at the workings of wildness

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Jan. 5, 2017

Jessi Cape's Top Reads of 2016

Memoirs of activism and tales of suspense helped ground this reader during a roller-coaster year

Reviewed by Jessi Cape, Dec. 29, 2016

Rosalind Faires' Top Reads of 2016

These three novels drew a discreet tear or two with their beautiful, brave, and bittersweet humanity

Reviewed by Rosalind Faires, Dec. 29, 2016

Joe O'Connell's Top Reads of 2016

Five works of fiction and nonfiction reveal new depths of humanitity in their Texas characters

Reviewed by Joe O'Connell, Dec. 29, 2016

Jesse Sublett's Top Reads of 2016

A list of memorable lit that includes a philosophical gumshoe, an irredeemable tycoon, and ill-fated whalers

Reviewed by Jesse Sublett, Dec. 29, 2016

Jay Trachtenberg's Top Reads of 2016

Three novels explore our planet in crisis in Israel, rust-belt Ukraine, and the Antarctic

Reviewed by Jay Trachtenberg, Dec. 29, 2016

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