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Hyde Park Theatre's Lungs

The company has gathered all the right people for this beautiful, painful, timely tale of a man and a woman in a dying world

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Oct. 6, 2016

Mary Moody Northen Theatre's The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

This gangster spectacle based on Hitler's rise feels more than timely in the current election year

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Oct. 6, 2016

"Richard Forster: Levittown" at Lora Reynolds Gallery

The artist's reconsideration of his suburban hometown hinges on the conflict between the mass-produced and the personal

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Oct. 6, 2016

Silent Sky at Austin Playhouse

This luminous staging of Lauren Gunderson's play brings wonder to the universe and makes it at once vast and intimate

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Sep. 29, 2016

"Elliott Erwitt: Home Around the World" at the Ransom Center

This survey shows how the photographer captured the culture of his time in ways both compelling and frightening

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Sep. 29, 2016

Teatro Vivo’s EL

Raul Garza's new play explores the power of the storyteller

Reviewed by Roxanne Schroeder-Arce, Sep. 22, 2016

The Theorists’ Hiraeth

A sprawling evening of art and community organized by Amy Morrow and the Theorists showed the challenge of editing in our age

Reviewed by Jonelle Seitz, Sep. 22, 2016

“Figure/Heads: David Bae and Erin Cunningham” at ICOSA Collective Gallery

It's rare for a show to combine work by two artists so different in such a complex and intensely unified way

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Sep. 22, 2016

Theatre en Bloc's The Totalitarians

This ridiculous but smart satire about a Nebraska political race may be the only political play that can deliver laughs this election season

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Sep. 15, 2016

Ethos' Atlantis: A Puppet Opera

This new musical take on the fall of Atlantis pulls us into an ancient place, powered by myth and ritual

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Sep. 15, 2016

"Femme National(e): Audrey Brown, Christina Coleman, Kasumi Chow / Desiree Michelle Espada, Emmy Laursen, Juliana Isabel Ramirez"

This group show is messy and a little berserk, but that's what makes it important and kindles joy in us

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Sep. 15, 2016

Out of Bounds Comedy Festival 2016: The Frank Mills, Loverboy, People of Earth

These three improv troupes gave us an earful at this year's OoB

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Sep. 8, 2016

"Sum You Some Me" at Butridge Gallery

This show pairing artwork by Felice House and Dana Younger feels dedicated and warm, a committed homage to the body

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Sep. 8, 2016

Hand to God at Hyde Park Theatre

Capital T Theatre delivers a fast-paced, funny take on this tale of a demonic hand puppet in a church basement

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Sep. 1, 2016

"Goya: Mad Reason" at the Blanton Museum

The images of war in Goya's prints are brutal and immediate, and it is for this reason that we must look at them

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Sep. 1, 2016

Austin Jewish Repertory Theater's W.

This solo version of Woyzeck is a fresh, compelling take on Buchner's play, powerfully performed by Joey Hood

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Aug. 25, 2016

“Engaged in Conversation” Gallery Shoal Creek

The pairing of works by Katie Maratta and Sydney Yeager offer visual pleasures that might have otherwise gone unseen

Aug. 25, 2016

Gale Theatre Company's Salomé

This original drama reworks the familiar tale to give us a new perspective on the Judean princess

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Aug. 18, 2016

The Institution Theater's Fuck, It's Hot

The Austin-oriented sketch show has its rough spots, but it delivers lots of laughs as a cooling balm in the dog days

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Aug. 18, 2016

"Disparate Mythos: Women of Sculpture" at Dimension Gallery

In this varied group exhibition, Magdalena Jarkowiec's two-ness shows the richness of sameness and difference in duos

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Aug. 18, 2016

Emma Cline's The Girls

This seismic literary debut tracks a California girl drawn to a dark cult in 1969

Reviewed by Tim Stegall, Aug. 11, 2016

Last Act Theatre Company's Postville

In Don Fried's drama, small-town Midwesterners face a clash of cultures when Hasidic Jews move in

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Aug. 11, 2016

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

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