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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


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


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

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, May. 26, 2016

More or Less

Kathy Dunn Hamrick's dance, performed to Steve Reich's Drumming in its entirety, had rhythms moving the dancers and moving through them

Reviewed by Jonelle Seitz, May. 26, 2016

Arden of Faversham

This Shakespearean-style "true crime" drama is not without compelling elements, but a lack of polish weighs on this staging

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, May. 19, 2016

Paper Chairs' Poor Herman

Elizabeth Doss' new play shows the literary lion Melville to be just like one of us

Reviewed by Robert Faires, May. 19, 2016

"De la Complicidad con la Agresión: Works by Miguel A. Aragón"

Aragón's images of drug cartel victims show the difficulty of addressing violence in today's society

Reviewed by H.C. Arnold, May. 19, 2016

Austin Shakespeare's Macbeth

This military-themed staging of the tragedy gets lost in a haze of design and technical issues

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, May. 12, 2016

"Labyrinth" at Not Gallery

Ryan Thayer Davis' large and highly saturated abstract fields of color are warm, alive, active, and pleasing to be among

Reviewed by L.K. James, May. 12, 2016

Wars of Heaven: Smackdown!

This Trouble Puppet Theater production takes the philosophic battle between good and evil into the pro-wrestling ring

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, May. 5, 2016

Out of Ink 2016: Carry On

As usual, ScriptWorks' annual showcase of 10-minute plays is a bit rough but shows the promise of creative minds

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, May. 5, 2016

"McKay Otto: Ever or Ever" at CAMIBAart

The visually rich and meditative surfaces of these mixed-media works take the viewer to a space veiled in silence

Reviewed by H.C. Arnold, May. 5, 2016

Zach Theatre’s Ann

Holland Taylor captures every nuance of Ann Richards in this magnificent production

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Apr. 28, 2016

Andrea Ariel Dance Theatre’s Lumen

The site-specific dance inspired by Dan Flavin’s art evoked pure wonder and worked as a study of threes

Reviewed by Jonelle Seitz, Apr. 28, 2016

“Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s”

The Blanton Museum of Art’s retrospective may tap nostalgia for a certain generation, but it can be deeply moving, too

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

The Explorers Club

Austin Playhouse's sublimely silly satire of Victorian pomposity ventures where other comedies fear to tread

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Apr. 21, 2016

Street Corner Arts' Bull

Street Corner Arts turns a corporate office into a ring where fighting for your job is a bloodsport

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Apr. 21, 2016

"Rebecca Marino: The Best Available Evidence" at grayDUCK Gallery

The exhibit drops viewers into the middle of the mystery of UFOs, but without providing any answers

Reviewed by H.C. Arnold, Apr. 21, 2016

Mary Moody Northen Theatre's She Loves Me

This production at St. Edward's University knows just how to bring forth this modest musical's many charms

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Apr. 14, 2016

The Rude Mechs' Field Guide

There's much to ponder in the second draft of the Rude Mechs' mash-up of Dostoyevsky, stand-up comedy, and spiritual belief

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Apr. 14, 2016

"Alejandra Almuelle: Locus" at Dimension Gallery

The dark physicality of these figurative sculptures brings an exquisite imposition of memories into the waking world

Reviewed by Wayne Alan Brenner, Apr. 14, 2016

Theatre en Bloc's Bright Half Life

For Tanya Barfield's two-character drama, Theatre en Bloc couples an intimate story with a relentlessly personal performance space

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Apr. 7, 2016

Underbelly's Alice in Wonderland

This new adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic sends its audience down the rabbit hole – and all over the Zach Theatre campus

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Apr. 7, 2016

"Frank Selby: High Writer" at Lora Reynolds Gallery

This show's eight works offer a rewarding investigation into the relationship between objects and images of them

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

The Last Five Years at the Institution Theater

Sherrod Curry Productions' staging of the Jason Robert Brown musical is gracefully performed and wildly cathartic

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Mar. 31, 2016

"Elizabeth Chiles: Over Time"

The photographer focuses on the intersection of time and the environment, capturing the subtle changes in nature

Reviewed by H.C. Arnold, Mar. 31, 2016

Different Stages' 4000 Miles

The grandmother in the tiny Manhattan flat is the heart of the quiet, thoughtful 4000 Miles by Amy Herzog

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Mar. 24, 2016

City Theatre's Bus Stop

Director Tracy Arnold stages William Inge's drama with humor and charm, but seems to fight against the script's darkness

Reviewed by Shanon Weaver, Mar. 24, 2016

"Look Inside: New Photography Acquisitions"

An image of New Orleans taken by Doug Rickard is emblematic of the quality in this exhibition at UT's Ransom Center

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Mar. 24, 2016

The Realistic Joneses at Hyde Park Theatre

With Will Eno's comic drama, HPT brings a funny kind of fear to the 'burbs

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Mar. 17, 2016

"Johnston Foster, Irena Jurek, and Jared Theis: Body Talk"

This show's three artists display creative, complex alternatives to the meat sacks we all share

Reviewed by Wayne Alan Brenner, Mar. 17, 2016

Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s

Kier-La Janisse and Paul Corupe's superb history Satanic Panic revives the Eighties in all its fearful hysteria Kier-La Janisse and Paul Corupe's superb history revives the Eighties in all its fearful hysteria

Reviewed by Marc Savlov, Mar. 10, 2016

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