Elizabeth Cobbe

Elizabeth Cobbe is a journalist, dramaturg, and playwright. By day, she writes python and javascript, and by night she writes reviews, arts coverage, and plays. She moved to Austin in 2005.

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Street Corner Arts' <i>Junk</i>
Street Corner Arts' Junk
Ayad Akhtar's drama about Eighties junk bond traders plays like a prequel to 21st century America and its financial crises

Arts, March 7, 2019

Southwest Theatre Productions' <i>Sweat</i>
Southwest Theatre Productions' Sweat
This production brings home the plight of the American blue-collar worker with sympathy

Arts, Jan. 24, 2019

Street Corner Arts' <i>We Are Proud to Present ...</i>
Street Corner Arts' We Are Proud to Present ...
This production is more than exceptional theatre; it asks thought-provoking questions about authority, perspective, and intention

Arts, Dec. 6, 2018

Capital T Theatre's <i>The Hunchback Variations</i> and <i>...Faustus</i>
Capital T Theatre's The Hunchback Variations and ...Faustus
The company's pairing of two Mickle Maher one-acts gets lit about art in a sublime way

Arts, Nov. 15, 2018

Texas Book Festival 2018: Alternate Realities: Sci-Fi in 2018
Texas Book Festival 2018: Alternate Realities: Sci-Fi in 2018
V.E. Schwab and John Scalzi ponder the point of writing sci-fi

Arts, Oct. 29, 2018

Zach Theatre's <i>Once</i>
Zach Theatre's Once
This musical disarms the cynicism of our age with the sweet story of a guy and a girl who bond over music

Arts, Oct. 4, 2018

Shrewd Productions' <i>The Madres</i>
Shrewd Productions' The Madres
In Stephanie Alison Walker’s new play, women’s fight for the “disappeared” in Argentina’s Dirty War proves timely

Arts, Sept. 6, 2018

<i>The Undertaker's Daughter</i> by Sara Blaedel
The Undertaker's Daughter by Sara Blaedel
Denmark's "Queen of Crime" brings the mystery Stateside with a Danish woman who must deal with both a funeral home she's inherited in Wisconsin and a local murder

Arts, July 19, 2018

Shrewd Productions' <i>The Afterparty</i>
Shrewd Productions' The Afterparty
We’re invited to hobnob with history’s great minds up on the astral plane

Arts, June 28, 2018

Zach Theatre's <i>Sunday in the Park With George</i>
Zach Theatre's Sunday in the Park With George
Zach relalizes the Sondheim musical with near flawless execution but has little in the way of emotional reward

Arts, June 14, 2018

Theatre en Bloc's <i>Cry It Out</i>
Theatre en Bloc's Cry It Out
This production tackles the huge challenge of exploring motherhood and class, and can't quite have it all

Arts, May 10, 2018

Capital T Theatre's <i>I and You</i>
Capital T Theatre's I and You
Lauren Gunderson's play uses Whitman's "Song of Myself" as a vehicle for two teens on the cusp of adulthood to explore identity

Arts, April 12, 2018

Different Stages’ <i>Yankee Tavern</i>
Different Stages’ Yankee Tavern
This production of Steven Dietz’s play offers a deep dive into what we choose to believe and a stimulating evening of theatre

Arts, April 5, 2018

Rude Mechs' <i>Fixing Troilus and Cressida</i>
Rude Mechs' Fixing Troilus and Cressida
The third show in the Fixing Shakespeare series makes his mess of a play about the Trojan War hilarious and even engrossing

Arts, March 14, 2018

<i>The City of Brass</i> by S.A. Chakraborty
The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
This debut fantasy novel is appealing, in part because it draws on legends of the Arab world for its magic

Arts, March 1, 2018

Jarrott Productions’ <i>The Father</i>
Jarrott Productions’ The Father
The play presents dementia from the sufferer’s perspective, but it suffers from a shortage of emotions besides exasperation

Arts, Feb. 15, 2018

Austin Playhouse’s <i>Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley</i>
Austin Playhouse’s Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley
In its rush to be fun, the show fails to tap all the potential of this rom-com sequel to Pride and Prejudice

Arts, Dec. 14, 2017

Austin Shakespeare's <i>Much Ado About Nothing</i>
Austin Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing
Shakespeare's rom-com gets a light staging with fine performances and lots of genuine laughs

Arts, Nov. 21, 2017

Texas Book Festival 2017: <br>Flights of Fantasy
Texas Book Festival 2017:
Flights of Fantasy
Authors Pulley and Rivera on what's new in historical fantasy

Arts, Nov. 5, 2017

<i>A Moonless, Starless Sky</i>
A Moonless, Starless Sky
This journalist’s accounts of ordinary people seeking to create good in Africa is challenging, frightening, and powerful

Arts, Nov. 2, 2017

Groundswell Theatre Company's <i>Bear Eats Bear</i>
Groundswell Theatre Company's Bear Eats Bear
This site-specific audio work puts the audience in a postapocalyptic world to show how central art is to the human experience

Arts, Nov. 2, 2017

Ballet Austin’s <i>Not Afraid of the Dark</i>
Ballet Austin’s Not Afraid of the Dark
The glow-in-the-dark visions of this earnest, sweet ballet will excite and inspire the youngsters who see it

Arts, Oct. 26, 2017

Paper Chairs’ <i>Catalina de Erauso</i>
Paper Chairs’ Catalina de Erauso
Elizabeth Doss’ latest plays with history in a way that serves its feminist hero, and it’s also a comedy that knows its stuff

Arts, Sept. 21, 2017

Vortex Repertory Company's <i>Storm Still</i>
Vortex Repertory Company's Storm Still
Gabrielle Reisman's script refashions King Lear into the daughters' story, and the Vortex stages it with admirable heart

Arts, Sept. 14, 2017

UT Department of Theatre & Dance's <i>Building the Wall</i>
UT Department of Theatre & Dance's Building the Wall
UT Department of Theatre & Dance rushes to get Robert Schenkkan's timely political drama onstage

Arts, Sept. 7, 2017

<i>Ocean</i> at the Vortex
Ocean at the Vortex
In her solo show, Ebony Stewart makes a canvas out of herself and a beautiful gift we should embrace

Arts, Aug. 31, 2017

<i>Monty Python's Spamalot</i>
Monty Python's Spamalot
With Eric Idle's screen-to-stage musical spoof, Summer Stock Austin makes the Knights of the Round Table so very enjoy-able

Arts, Aug. 3, 2017

Zilker Theatre Productions’ <i>The Wizard of Oz</i>
Zilker Theatre Productions’ The Wizard of Oz
The 59th Zilker Summer Musical embraces all the joy in the familiar tale, making for a family-friendly show

Arts, July 27, 2017

Penfold Theatre's <i>Around the World in 80 Days</i>
Penfold Theatre’s Around the World in 80 Days
This original, gender-bending theatrical take on Jules Verne's adventure tale is a grand story told with delightful imagination

Arts, June 22, 2017

Zach Theatre's <i>In the Heights</i>
Zach Theatre's In the Heights
This production of Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical brings us the life and pride of an immigrant neighborhood at an important time

Arts, June 15, 2017

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