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Summer Stock Austin's Carnival

The production offers impressive spectacle, but the musical's treatment of women is still a problem

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Aug. 11, 2016

"Rachel Wolfson Smith: Midas" at grayDUCK Gallery

The vehicle crashes in this solo exhibition, artfully drawn in graphite, manage to contain both peace and a madness

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Aug. 11, 2016

Zach Theatre's Mary Poppins

Great singing and dancing make Dave Steakley's staging soar, but a spoonful of calm would help the spectacle go down

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Aug. 4, 2016

Summer Stock Austin's The Addams Family

The company's young artists infuse the musical incarnation of those spooky, ooky Addamses with fresh blood by the buckets

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Aug. 4, 2016

Unlocking the Joys of Austin’s Puzzle Rooms

Escape rooms bring the solitary diversions to life

Reviewed by Marc Majcher, Jul. 28, 2016

Spectrum Theatre Company's Spunk

This Austin company weaves three classic tales by Zora Neale Hurston into a spirited service full of sass and grit

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Jul. 28, 2016

Zilker Theatre Productions' Shrek the Musical

The lovable ogre and company spring to life on the Hillside stage with loads of laughs and professional polish

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Jul. 28, 2016

"Peter Brown Leighton: Live Snakes" at Photo Méthode Gallery

The words that best describe the manipulated vintage photos in this exhibit are blithe, triumphant, and hilarious

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Jul. 28, 2016

Good as Gone: A Novel of Suspense

Amy Gentry's page-turning thriller is set apart by its realistic and empathetic portrayal of abuse victims and their families

Reviewed by Jessi Cape, Jul. 21, 2016

Hyde Park Theatre's The Flick

Annie Baker's drama movingly shows us that the drama in a movie theatre isn't only on the screen

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Jul. 21, 2016

Shrewd Productions' Hold Me Well

Playwright Eva Suter's reworking of Othello in a world without men depicts love in many forms with power and beauty

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Jul. 21, 2016

"Scorch and Drag" at Flatbed Gallery

John Robert Craft's objects and prints, combined with the viewer's eye, creates a chamber of reverberating visions

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Jul. 21, 2016

Austin Chamber Music Festival: Marian Anderson String Quartet

At the end of a tragic week, the Marian Anderson String Quartet reached for grace and tendered it to us

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Jul. 14, 2016

"Misha Penton: Transparent Vulnerability"

This solo show's elegant, enigmatic watercolors evoke life across the universe from salt crystals to algae to galaxies

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Jul. 14, 2016

"Young Latino Artists 21: Amexican@"

This exhibit is about being Mexican-American, but it will make things happen for you whatever your ethnicity

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Jul. 14, 2016

Process at the Hideout Theatre

This improvised spoof of a play in production conjured an old-school realistic drama with spot-on symbolism and overinflated egos

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Jul. 7, 2016

Different Stages' John Gabriel Borkman

The pleasure of this production of Ibsen's drama comes in the complex exchanges among the deeply committed actors

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Jul. 7, 2016

"Seeking Surreal" at Davis Gallery

Each of the artworks in this group show finds some place where the fantastic makes contact with the everyday

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Jul. 7, 2016

Zach Theatre's Buyer and Cellar

A funny and surreal solo show by Jonathan Tolins

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Jun. 30, 2016

Loverboy at ColdTowne Theater

This troupe's improvised scenes based on personal sex stories prove ColdTowne is still a fun place to catch local comedy's up-and-comers

Reviewed by Ashley Moreno, Jun. 30, 2016

"Evolution" at Art.Science.Gallery.

In this group show, each piece leads two lives: one as an artwork, one as a device for sharing information

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Jun. 30, 2016

"Low Down: New Works on Paper by Ricardo Vicente Jose Ruiz"

How the strange visions in this solo show relate to one another is difficult to say, but they're all both ancient and immediate

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Jun. 23, 2016

"Sara Madandar: AnOther Birth" at Courtyard Gallery

The dozen works in this solo show are impressive in their variety, though many seem more like sketches than completed works

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Jun. 23, 2016

Austin Playhouse's A Little Night Music

Wonderful musical numbers, strong voices highlight Austin Playhouse's A Little Night Music

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Jun. 23, 2016

Getaways Far, Far Away

Summer reading recommendations that will take you out of this world

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Jun. 16, 2016

Dark Run

Mike Brooks

Reviewed by Rosalind Faires, Jun. 16, 2016

Arabella of Mars

David D. Levine

Reviewed by Adrienne Martini, Jun. 16, 2016

Arcadia: A Novel

Iain Pears

Reviewed by Rosalind Faires, Jun. 16, 2016

The Winged Histories

Sofia Samatar

Reviewed by Jessi Cape, Jun. 16, 2016

Zach Theatre's One Man, Two Guvnors

In every respect, this production of Richard Bean's updated farce artfully crafts an environment of laughter

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Jun. 16, 2016

FamiLIES at ColdTowne Theater

In taking characters beyond improv to a scripted format, this ColdTowne project delivers an exaggerated imitation of life

Reviewed by Wayne Alan Brenner, Jun. 16, 2016

"Chris Guarino: From the Unknown"

The haunting array of sculptural mutants displayed at Art on 5th are at once foreign and familiar, frightening and comical

Reviewed by H.C. Arnold, Jun. 16, 2016

The Vortex's Privacy Settings: A Promethean Tale

Ancient myth meets modern surveillance memorably in this devised work at the Vortex

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Jun. 9, 2016

Kozyworld

This collaboration between dancer Julie Nathanielsz and poet Margit Galanter employed fabric to explore human shape and contact

Reviewed by Jonelle Seitz, Jun. 9, 2016

"One / Sixth" at de stijl, and Podium for Art

This group show of work by six black graduates of UT's M.F.A. art program shouldn't have to exist, but thankfully it does

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Jun. 9, 2016

The Hotel Vanya, or A Metaphysical-Paradigm at the End of Everythingness

For a getaway steeped in Chekhovian longing and ennui, The Hotel Vanya is the only place to stay

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Jun. 2, 2016

Clybourne Park

This company has vibrant success with Bruce Norris' racial drama that shows how far we haven't come in 60 years

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Jun. 2, 2016

"Ann Johnson: Converse: Real Talk"

The artist has created a valuable space in which gallery-goers can sit and discuss racism in America

Reviewed by H.C. Arnold, Jun. 2, 2016

Subject to Control

American Berserk Theatre's debut is a heady, funny treat, smuggling heavy ideas in a light package

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, May. 26, 2016

Trevor

An aging chimp in show business provides the focus for this engrossing vehicle for Capital T Theatre

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, May. 26, 2016

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