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The Rude Mechs' Now Now Oh Now

Version 3.0 of this look at role-playing games tests how deeply we engage in our quests for beauty and truth

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Dec. 17, 2015

Teatro Vivo's La Pastorela

This new take on the old Christmas tale has the shepherds' rough edges but a heart of gold

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Dec. 17, 2015

Kissing in America

Rabb's second YA novel features more than one love story, and they're all worth telling

Reviewed by Kimberley Jones, Dec. 10, 2015

Hill Country Property

Passion, compromise, and human frailty figure large in this touching and funny Texas novel

Reviewed by Joe O'Connell, Dec. 10, 2015

Bats of the Republic

An arcane tapestry of alternate cowboy history and steampunk sci-fi in a multitextured graphic package

Reviewed by Wayne Alan Brenner, Dec. 10, 2015

Gwendolyn's Sword

A well-researched and swiftly paced historical novel for grown-up girls who dreamed of being knights

Reviewed by Rosalind Faires, Dec. 10, 2015

Rules for Werewolves

This tale of runaways prowling suburbia in a pack recalls the eerie unreality of The Twilight Zone

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Dec. 10, 2015

Austin Playhouse's The Philadelphia Story

Don Toner's direction and a top-drawer cast make for a riotous evening in this version of Philip Barry's crisp comedy

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Dec. 10, 2015

Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company's True Story

In Kathy Dunn Hamrick's new dance, communities, like truths, were fluid and the movement was incomparable

Reviewed by Jonelle Seitz, Dec. 10, 2015

UT Theatre & Dance's The Wild Party

In this Michael John LaChiusa & George C. Wolfe musical, gin, sin, and skin collide in a debaucherous 1920s requiem to the ego

Reviewed by Stephanie Carll, Dec. 3, 2015

Different Stages' Dracula

Despite atmospheric design work and some strong acting, the production never quite realizes the sensuality and lyrical ferocity in Steven Dietz's script

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Dec. 3, 2015

The Wind in the Reeds

Treme actor Wendell Pierce finds Godot and gratitude in post-Katrina New Orleans

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Nov. 25, 2015

The History of King Lear

A long-reviled revision of Shakespeare's tragedy proves fascinating as revived by the Hidden Room Theatre

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Nov. 25, 2015

Austin Shakespeare's A Streetcar Named Desire

This thoughtful take on Tennessee Williams' classic subtly pits the Old South against the New North

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Nov. 25, 2015

"Angelbert Metoyer: Life Machine" at the Canopy

For this Co-Lab Projects exhibit, a gallery at Canopy becomes a tomblike space for exploring religion

Reviewed by Caitlin Greenwood, Nov. 25, 2015

To Kill a Mockingbird at St. Edward's University

The Mary Moody Northen Theatre staging of Harper Lee's novel is a shining example of a classic tale told well

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Nov. 19, 2015

"Donald Moffett" at the Blanton

The Blanton exhibition marks a shift not only toward artists from Texas but also toward more political art

Reviewed by Caitlin Greenwood, Nov. 19, 2015

Potted Potter at the Stateside

Touring version of this two-man parody delivers an irreverent and interactive recap of J.K. Rowling's beloved series

Reviewed by Stephanie Carll, Nov. 19, 2015

The Dumb Waiter

In Capital T's simple, elegant staging of the Pinter classic, it's what isn't said that matters

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Nov. 12, 2015

Aida

In Verdi's Egyptian tragedy, Austin Opera excavates from the pomp and pageantry the personal

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Nov. 12, 2015

The Witching Hour

Chorus Austin unearthed a vast repertoire of music – gorgeous, frightening, and comedic – that speaks to mortality and the dead

Reviewed by Robi Polgar, Nov. 12, 2015

"Luz y Movimiento: Ender Martos"

A new space for Camiba Art allows for a playful, active relationship to Ender Martos' vibrant Op Art work

Reviewed by Seth Orion Schwaiger, Nov. 5, 2015

One Ounce Opera's There's Beauty in the Beast

The new operetta by Esther's Follies veterans Michael Nesline and Steve Saugey played Frankenstein for laughs but also found its heart

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Nov. 5, 2015

Sarah Vowell's Lafayette in the Somewhat United States

Everyone give it up for America's favorite fighting Frenchman

Reviewed by Rosalind Faires, Oct. 29, 2015

Austin Playhouse's The Norwegians

C. Denby Swanson's comedy with nice hit men is a blast of cool fun, with a hint of danger just below the ice

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Oct. 29, 2015

Mexic-Arte Museum's "Community Altars"

Mexic-Arte shows the variety in celebrations of Día de los Muertos across Mexico's different regions

Reviewed by Caitlin Greenwood, Oct. 29, 2015

Zach Theatre's Evita

Zach Theatre's polished revival offers food for thought in this season of campaigns and debates

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Oct. 22, 2015

University of Texas University Orchestra's Fall 2015 Concert

The audience-friendly first concert of the school year offered earfuls of drama from Bizet, Beethoven, and more

Reviewed by Robi Polgar, Oct. 22, 2015

The Heart Goes Last

Margaret Atwood creates a grim dystopian landscape and a luckless couple to stumble across it

Reviewed by Rosalind Faires, Oct. 15, 2015

A House of My Own: Stories From My Life

In this collection of essays, letters, lectures, and more, Sandra Cisneros opens wide the doors to the house of her life

Reviewed by Melanie Haupt, Oct. 15, 2015

The O. Henry Prize Stories 2015: The Best Stories of the Year

Editor Laura Furman has pulled together 20 stories spanning cultures and time and rich in emotion

Reviewed by Jessi Cape, Oct. 15, 2015

All the Houses

Austin novelist Karen Olsson mines the world of Washington, D.C., in the Eighties to explores memory, loss, and desire

Reviewed by Melanie Haupt, Oct. 15, 2015

The Double Life of Liliane

This odd, beautiful book from Lily Tuck is part memoir, part novel, part poetry, part historical quilt

Reviewed by Jessi Cape, Oct. 15, 2015

The Diary of Anne Frank

Every element of this UT Department of Theatre & Dance production demands attention and respect

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Oct. 15, 2015

"Mons Dew" at MASS Gallery

MASS Gallery's five artists bombard the senses with neon-bright objects linked to personal consumption

Reviewed by Caitlin Greenwood, Oct. 15, 2015

"Shawn Smith: Predators, Prey, and Pixels" at grayDUCK Gallery

The artist pushes past the simplicity of creating pixelated sculptures of wildlife

Reviewed by Seth Orion Schwaiger, Oct. 15, 2015

Hyde Park Theatre's The Quarry

Greg Pierce's play is rough and has sharp edges, but in the end there is heart that is worth discovering

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Oct. 8, 2015

Tapestry Dance Company's In Your Shoes

The rhythm tap troupe explores homelessness with a common sense of the form's capacity for complexity, subtlety, and risk

Reviewed by Jonelle Seitz, Oct. 8, 2015

1960s Austin Gangsters

The noir novelist digs into the capital city's criminal past and unearths characters who are lively, colorful, and interesting

Reviewed by Tim Stegall, Oct. 1, 2015

Mr. Burns, a post-electric play

Anne Washburn's inventive play shows how, after the apocalypse, we still cling to Springfield

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Oct. 1, 2015

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